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Posted: Monday, June 26, 2000

Ferry schedules shuffled for salmon

JUNEAU - Fish are forcing a change of plans for the state ferry Kennicott.

Due to the engine fire aboard the Columbia on June 6, the ferry system revised its schedule. However, that revised schedule is being altered again to aid Southeast's fishing economy, said Norm Edwards, operations manager for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The changes are being made to help get freshly caught salmon from Petersburg and Wrangell to markets to the south, he said.

The schedule for the Kennicott now includes three extra southbound stops in the two Southeast towns -- on June 30, July 24 and August 28.

Around those dates, other parts of the ferry's schedule will be altered, including late starts from Juneau and most other of the Kennicott's slated stops on the days surrounding the extra service, Edwards said.

``There's one cancellation of a stop, and that's Yakutat in August,'' he said.

Edwards said the ferry system is trying to call passengers affected by the change to let them know what's going on. To be on the safe side, he said, it would be a good idea for people to check their tickets and check with the ferry system to see if anything has changed.

``We recommend that passengers who are planning to travel aboard the Kennicott around those times to check with the reservation office or their local terminals to get revised departure times,'' Edwards said. ``Or they can check our Web site.''

The system's Web address is www.state.ak.us/ferry.

Vessel speed limit imposed in bay

JUNEAU -- To protect humpback whales from disruption, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has imposed a vessel speed limit of 10 knots in Lower Bay and Whidbey Passage. It will be in effect until further notice.

Park officials noticed up to 17 humpbacks, which are listed as endangered under federal law, feeding last week in Lower Bay, and between eight and 16 feeding in Whidbey Passage.

Boaters can verify whale-water designations by calling 907-697-2627, or by contacting KWM20 Bartlett Cove on marine radio.



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