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By Ben Muir 

2018 salmon derby canceled due to depleted salmon stock


February 8, 2018

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Karrie Byrer won first place in last year's derby with her 34.3 pound King salmon.

The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce voted Thursday to cancel this year's salmon derby, saying it would be irresponsible to compete in a time with such depleted salmon stocks.

The chamber voted on Thursday to cancel the Memorial Day weekend salmon derby in Petersburg this year. The decision was made after the Alaska Department Fish and Game closed District 8 and part of District 7, a popular derby hole, for May, June and half of July, said Patrick Fowler, a local sport fish area biologist with the department.

Fowler said the escapement goal for king salmon this year was between 14,000 and 2...

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