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Commercial Fisheries Overview
Southeast Alaska & Yakutat

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Photo courtesy of Scott Walker

The Southeast Alaska/Yakutat Region (Region I) consists of Alaska waters between Cape Suckling on the north and Dixon Entrance on the south. Salmon are commercially harvested in Southeast Alaska with purse seines and drift gillnets; in Yakutat with set gillnets; and in both areas with hand and power troll gear. Herring are harvested in winter bait, sac roe, spawn-on-kelp, and bait pound fisheries. Miscellaneous shellfish (sea cucumber, sea urchins, and geoduck clams) are harvested in dive fisheries in the region. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has management jurisdiction over all groundfish resources within state waters in Region I. In addition, the State has management authority for Demersal Shelf Rockfish, ling cod, and black and blue rock fish in both state and federal waters. There are several commercially important shellfish species in Southeast Alaska. They include golden and red king crab, Dungeness crab, Tanner crab, and pandalid shrimp.