Latest Copper River Stories

2008-08-03 15:00:12

By Laine Welch, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Aug. 3--"Lackluster" best describes Alaska's salmon season so far, and catches are likely to come up short when it is all over. Fishery managers projected a 132 million salmon harvest for 2007, but catches in late July totaled just 66 million fish past the midpoint of the season. "I would say that we will be fortunate to make the forecast, but pinks could make up for a lot quickly," said Geron Bruce, deputy director of the state...

2008-06-26 12:00:00

It's not often you get invited to a tasting event for a species the organizers are looking to save. But that's what Trout Unlimited, a sportfishing advocacy group, and New Seasons Market cooked up this weekend at the grocery chain's nine metro-area stores on behalf of Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon. The Bristol Bay salmon run, which encompasses five rivers in southwest Alaska, is far from endangered. Indeed, as Oregon fishermen suffer through their second fisheries closure in three years, the...

2008-06-25 21:02:22

CORDOVA, Alaska _ In a fishing town hit as hard as anywhere by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the reaction Wednesday to the Supreme Court ruling from disappointment to resignation to disgust. Many boats in the harbor were out fishing, but some were still in town because of the closure of the famous Copper River fishery. Terry Buchholz, 60, was standing near the harbormaster's office. He's a longtime Cordova resident who has been gillnetting for 48 years. "I was sick to my stomach this...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

What happened to the king salmon run in Alaska may be remain a mystery, but what's known for sure is a popular fishery has closed because of a dismal return. So weak is the Deshka River run that biologists said they fear it could be as much as 70 percent off its goal of 13,000 in-river spawners, the Anchorage Daily News reported. From the opening of the first fishery in the region, things have been slow, sports fish biologists said. The Copper River near Cordova started behind schedule in...

2008-06-18 12:00:00

State biologists eyeing the low harvest to date in the famed Copper River salmon fishery said June 6 that the catch level may be an indicator of a possible later than usual run. Several hundred drift gillnet fishermen, meanwhile, were still waiting for the big run in what many fishermen are saying is a colder than usual late spring. As of the end of the sixth fishing opener June 5, the harvest was estimated at a total of 7,680 kings and 161,830 sockeyes, according to the Alaska Department...

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