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Catch rates higher than expected in first Southeast summer king troll opening

Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon troll fleet had higher than expected catch rates of king salmon during the first summer opening at the start of the month. Kings are managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada and Alaska’s troll fleet catches a mix of hatchery and wild king salmon mostly returning to British Columbia and Pacific Northwest states.

New Coast Guard cutter makes port call in Petersburg

One of the U.S. Coast Guard’s two new fast response cutters in Southeast Alaska, the John McCormick visited Petersburg this week and welcomed the public in for tours. The Coast Guard nationwide is phasing out smaller 110-foot cutters like the Petersburg-based Anacapa in favor of the larger and more seaworthy patrol ships.

First licensed pot sales start in Petersburg

There were no lines but there were customers for the first legal sales of marijuana this week in Petersburg. Shortly after noon Tuesday, people started trickling in to the new business called “The 420” off a side alley on main street.

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