Commercial fishermen at Alaska’s northernmost salmon fishery caught more than 300,000 pounds of chum salmon, pocketing over $800,000.
A large mid-August pulse of fall chum and coho salmon is keeping commercial fishermen busy in the lower river, but those upriver say they have yet to meet their subsistence needs.
After a break between the summer chum and the fall chum runs, “fish camps are coming to life again” along the Yukon River, fishermen say.
As more than $2.6 million is paid out to summer crab and salmon fishermen, NSEDC’s board met in August to discuss commercial fishing in Norton Sound and beyond.
Fishermen expressed frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and potentially infected fish.
Commercial salmon values were at record highs across Norton Sound this summer.
Fishing season is winding down with a plentiful coho run—good news for commercial fisheries in Eastern Norton Sound and Norton Bay.
Alaska State Troopers allege Roswell Schaeffer Sr., 66, abandoned a half shackle of commercial gillnet, leaving 103 salmon to rot.
State managers emphasized record-level chum runs, even as middle and upper river fishermen say they are not yet seeing those returns for themselves.
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