Southeast Alaska’s summer king salmon trolling season opens Wednesday, but when boats leave port this week, they’ll have a lot of angry fishermen on board.
The Pacific Salmon Commission, which sets fishery quotas in waters governed by the U.S.-Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty, has allocated 175,000 king salmon to trollers. That’s out of a total harvest of 237,000 fish.
If you’re a sport fisherman used to a single fish per day, that might sound like a lot. In fact, it’s just under half last year’s quota. In 2014, Alaska fishermen were allocated 440,000 king salmon.