Coho and Chum Troll fisheries will Proceed as usual this year

News Bulletin 5/6/23:  ATA received confirmation from ADFG late yesterday that the troll coho and chum fisheries will occur this year as normal, although without Chinook retention.

Recent News Articles:

Federal judge rules in favor of shutting down SE Alaska troll salmon fishery
SE commercial trollers vow to fight the order to save the multi-million-dollar harvest
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – May 5, 2023
A federal district judge in Washington state has ruled in favor of closing a major commercial king salmon troll fishery which contributes millions of dollars to the Southeast Alaska economy, in order to provide more food for endangered Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound.

Alaska king salmon troll season still in limbo after orca lawsuit rulings and appeals
Alaska Public Media by Casey Grove – May 5, 2023
A federal judge in Washington state issued a ruling this week that threatens to shut down trolling for king salmon in Southeast Alaska this summer.

To protect orcas, federal judge orders closure of iconic Southeast Alaska troll fishery
Alaska Beacon by Max Graham and Nathaniel Herz, Northern Journal – May 3, 2023
A federal judge issued an order Tuesday that appears to close an iconic Southeast Alaska salmon fishery for at least the summer season — a decision that threatens hundreds of jobs and a $30 million industry in response to a conservation group’s lawsuit.

Federal court orders new NMFS review of king salmon 
National Fisherman by Kirk Moore – May 3, 2023
The Southeast Alaska chinook troll fishery is under renewed threat of potential suspension, after a federal judge in Seattle ruled the National Marine Fisheries Service must remake its plan for king salmon that allows the fishery to continue employing some 1,500 fishermen.