Federal observers are preparing to work the gillnet grounds around Petersburg and Wrangell this summer. Starting in June, National Marine Fisheries Service contractors in small boats will shadow individual gillnetters and monitor any interactions marine mammals or birds. They’ll also be interviewing fishermen about their gear and fishing practices. Federal officials say the information will be kept confidential and the contractors will be as unobtrusive as possible. But fishermen still have concerns as the season approaches.
Observers soon start work on SE gillnet grounds
Earlier this month, the U.S. Forest service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with a picnic celebration at the Three Lakes Shelter near Petersburg. Abbey Collins made the trip out the road to see science, history and community come together in the woods. more