Petersburg Pilot -

Optimism showing for this year's fishing season

 

April 27, 2017

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Local processors are hopeful that fish run predictions are accurate.

From record high opening prices in March for halibut and black cod to robust projections of returning pinks to Southeast and Prince William Sound, both fishermen and processors are expressing cautious optimism for the upcoming season.

"It's a catch-up year for both fishermen and processors," stated one Petersburg cannery manager.

Boats are in the yard making repairs, some are buying new nets and there is guarded enthusiasm around town.

With Southeast Pinks expected to hit the 43 million mark, Prince William Sound projections coming in higher at 59 million and warehouses nearly empty a perfe...



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