False Pass fishermen, processors continue to negotiate

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2001

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- Processors and fishermen in the False Pass area were still negotiating Wednesday over the price of sockeye salmon.

Fishermen at False Pass -- also known as Area M -- went on strike for higher prices. Processors in the area have offered 42 cents a pound -- currently the lowest price in the state for sockeye. The fishermen have typically gotten about $1 a pound.

State fisheries manager Dan Connolly in Sand Point said there was no fishing Tuesday and there didn't appear to be any going on Wednesday, according to KDLG radio in Dillingham.

The time when fishermen can actually fish is decreasing daily. With only 30 days in the month of June, regulations specify that managers can allow fishermen 3 days a week of fishing, with only two days consecutive.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries issued sharp limits on the False Pass sockeye fishery last winter in an effort to boost declining runs of chum salmon bound for Western Alaska. The chum is caught as by-catch during the False Pass sockeye fishery.

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