Be on the lookout for non-local fish

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009

JUNEAU - With the fishing season winding down, officials are reminding outdoors enthusiasts to be on the lookout for invasive species.

Tammy Davis, invasive species program project leader with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the department is always hoping that anglers will report any fish they catch that they're unsure about.

"Especially if they think they are an Atlantic salmon," she said.

This season only two such catches were reported in Southeast Alaska. Davis said one 8-inch juvenile was turned in in the Ketchikan area, and another fish was turned in in the Wrangell area. There were no reported finds in Juneau.

Last year, 39 Atlantic salmon were turned in to officials.

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