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Salmon Derby Winner

The 62nd Golden North Salmon Derby came to a close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, and Sheldon Winters’ 35-pound king was the unofficial winner.

Official results will be available after a verification meeting on Tuesday. Once the results are verified, Winters will win $15,000 in prize money for his fish.

Winters celebrated the win by going to the Squires Rest and buying a round of drinks for everyone in the bar.

“I’ve been fishing with these two fishing buddies for almost 25 years,” Winters said. “We’ve been through rain, wind, broken down boats. We have fished for a long time for this…

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081108/spo_317297338.shtml

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More Controversy About Possibly Damaging Mine

“The gold mine proposed for this stunning open country might be the largest in North America. It would involve building the biggest dam in the world at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, which it would risk obliterating. ”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/24/AR2007122401915.html?hpid=topnews

It looks like the decision will be up to residents, as it should be.  The environmental effects of something so large are a big worry.  How can you put a huge mine into Alaska’s wild country without encountering some problematic side effects?  Hopefully whatever happens will not inflict damage on Alaska’s salmon stocks or fishing industry.

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Mining Threatens Alaskan Salmon

Bristol Bay in southern Alaska is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The rivers emptying into it are the spawning grounds for runs of Sockeye salmon millions strong. These runs of salmon and other fish support a huge commercial and sport fishing market, as well as large numbers of marine mammals.

The headwaters of two of these rivers, the Kvichak and the Newhalen, may be threatened by a proposed copper/gold/molybdenum mine, which if built as proposed, would be one of the largest mines in the world…

http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-10-24/61142.html

Sport fishing is constantly being challenged with pollution and environmental damage.  A huge mine right by Bristol Bay sounds like it would have a big impact on the quality of local salmon.

How to Identify Alaska’s Silver Salmon

Alaskan silver salmon can easily be mistaken for king salmon if you don’t know how to differentiate the two salmon species.  Here are some tips for identifying Alaskan silver salmon:

  • 24 to 30 inches in length 
  • Bright silver sides
  • Deep green or gray-blue backs
  • Black spots on upper sides
  • White underbelly
  • 6 to 10 pounds in weight
  • Unlike Alaskan king salmon, silver salmon do NOT have black gums
  • Smaller tail than king salmon
  • Unlike kings, silver salmon have black spots only on upper tail and NOT on lower lobes of tail

When you know these features of silver salmon, you can easily tell one salmon from another.

Happy Fishing!

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