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Crawfish Inlet catch sets statewide record


September 6, 2018

Photo courtesy of Troy Larsen Photos

Seiners got a much needed reward on Aug. 30 while fishing chums in Crawfish Inlet on Baranof Island, following a dismal pink salmon year. Outlook pulls a loaded net over the rails while the Petersburg seiner Commander moves across the inlet.

The purse seine fleet set a single day chum salmon catch record for the entire state with a haul of over 980,000 chum salmon taken at Crawfish Inlet south of Sitka on Thursday, Aug. 30 according to Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) manager Steve Reifenstuhl. Seiners took 1.13 million fish in two openings.

In a year where the pink salmon catch has been said to be the worst since 1976, Reifenstuhl said Tuesday many boats doubled their season income in one day.

The manager added, "Crawfish Inlet will top 2.5 million fish; more than three times the forecast of 680,000...

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