September 19, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 38

Yesterday's News

September 20, 1913 – The Indians of Skidgate, B.C. reported having seen a new kind of sea monster while out fishing recently. This monster struggled so violently in the encounter that it all but upset the canoe, but finally was cut in two.

They reported to the Captain and the officers of the steamer Prince Albert that one of their fishing parties in a war canoe had met with a strange denizen of the deep on the fishing grounds. This creature, which appeared to be twenty feet long and from two to three feet in circumference, wrapped itself twice about one of the Indian's paddles. The natives were so alarmed that they dropped paddle and serpent overboard.

Next day another party went out and the serpent took a double hitch about the canoe. Then one of the old warriors in the tribe drew forth his keen hunting knife and slashed the monster.

It is said of those natives that they are not seriously addicted to fire water and as a general rule, are credited with being quite reliable.

September 21, 1983 – Local fishermen may request a November king crab closure this year.

Tim Koeneman, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist, said fishermen have been suggesting a closure to prevent a deluge of boats in Southeast Alaska crab areas.

According to rumors within Fish and Game offices, crab areas around Kodiak and the Bering Sea may be closed this year. As a result, fishermen at southeast Chiginia are requesting a closure in their area, Koeneman said.

If Kodiak and Chiginia areas are closed, Southeast Alaska will be the only king crab fishing area open, he said.

Fishermen who register to catch king crab in one area cannot fish in another area during the registration year. Those fishermen would also be competing for brown crab in February, Koeneman said.

“I take a neutral position as far as the department is concerned,” Koeneman said. “But I think there is a certain degree of wisdom in the fishermen's request for closures.”

In 1982, crabbers harvested 451,000 pounds in 19 days. Fish and Game had set a 320,000 pound quota.

September 30, 1993 – The Department of Fish and Game announced today that limited commercial fishing for red king crab will be allowed in most of Southeast Alaska for the first time in nine years.

However fishing will remain closed in Pybus Bay and Port Frederick, where surveys show low numbers of legal male crab, and in most of the Juneau area, where stocks are already heavily used by personal use crabbers.

Fish and Game Commissioner Carl Rosier said he's pleased stocks have rebounded to the extent that the scheduled commercial opening can occur.

“The fact that the stocks have come back is great news,” Rosier said today. “Our plan is to proceed cautiously to develop a small, but sustainable fishery.”

Rosier said commercial crabbers will be limited to a harvest of 315,000 pounds to ensure that the population remains healthy and stable.

He said the department will closely monitor the commercial fishery. All vessels will be required to maintain a daily logbook, recording catches by location.

The department will also work with skippers to place observers on vessels and will sample crab at ports to check crab size and condition.

October 2, 2003 – John Dupree bagged what Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Rich Lowell termed, “an especially nice animal” for this area. Dupree's moose had a rack that spanned 48-inches with three brow tines. At the mid-point of the hunt ADF&G reported the following harvest counts: Mitkof Island, 7; Thomas Bay, 4; Stikine River, 6; Wrangell Island, 3; Kupreanof Island, 10 and Farragut Bay, 1.

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