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Governor: Stikine and Taku Chinook Fisheries Providing
Shot in the Arm for Southeast Fishermen


June 11, 2006

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski said Friday he is gratified that fish and game management efforts for Stikine and Taku River salmon stocks have allowed a second year of directed commercial Chinook harvest after many years of being shut down. The total Chinook harvest so far this year in the directed commercial fisheries has topped 23,400.

"I am very pleased that the Department of Fish and Game has been able to open the Stikine and Taku areas to Chinook salmon for the second year in a row," Murkowski said. "The salmon populations have rebounded to the point that runs are strong and healthy and the commercial fishery is able to make a contribution to the area's economy."

Of the total Chinook salmon harvest, 22,400 have been taken by the drift gillnet fleet, and about 1,000 have been harvested by trollers. Sports fishermen are also benefiting from liberalized bag limits and expanded methods and means.

Processors in Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau are purchasing and marketing the fish, while several fishermen do their own direct marketing. Some of the fresh-caught Chinooks are being flown south by Alaska Airlines, which has limited cargo capacity. The remainder is being trucked via the Alaska Marine Highway System.

"When we took office in December 2002, the salmon industry was deeply depressed," Murkowski said. "We were able to turn this around through a number of innovative programs, including a matching grant program for marketing at every level of the industry. It is very gratifying to see the positive results of these efforts for fishing families and their communities."

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