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Small boats, halibut fleet now in groundfish observer program

Some of Alaska’s small-boat fishermen will have to carry an onboard observer when they participate in federal fisheries next year. The government’s newly-restructured program goes into effect in January. For the first time, boats under sixty feet and halibut vessels are included. Federal staffers will hold a meeting to talk about the program with fishermen in Petersburg’s firehall tonight at 6. Matt Lichtenstein has a preview of the issues.

Observer sorting fish. Photo by NOAA Fisheries.

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Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Troll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)
Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery. more

Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

Petersburg is the sole bidder on the three uppermost parcels toward the top of this image. (Image from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office).
It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town. more