prince william sound

Courtesy of the Coast Guard

Coast Guard helicopter and cutter crews rescued two people and three dogs near Montague Island in Prince William Sound Friday. The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Cutter Chandeleur after a mayday call came in over VHF radio.

Two boaters reported that their 34-foot vessel was taking on water before kayaking to Montague Island with one of three dogs. The helicopter crew transported the two boaters and their pet back to safety after they signaled their location with a flare.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

Commercial fishing for coho salmon is winding down in Prince William Sound. Gillneters at the mouth of the Copper River are seeing a relatively average year with about 170,000 fish harvested so far. While the harvest is typical, the price this year is not. Coho are fetching about $1.50 per pound at the docks, about double the average price.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz expects fishing to stay open another week.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Up until Monday, numbers of pink salmon returning to Prince William Sound looked like they may be a repeat of last year’s dismal run, but the fish are beginning to show up and the harvest is underway.

“On Monday, the common property fishery took about 2.5 million fish. Yesterday, it’s looking about 1.2 million,” Charles Russel said, Alaska Fish and Game’s Area Management Biologist for the Prince William Sound area. “Today, initial reports say that fisheries may be close to yesterday, but we’re a little bit behind, but still catching good numbers of fish.”