Throughout the ’40s and ’50s, a steady decrease in the numbers of fish taken statewide was noticed. In the Cordova region, canneries packed 527,000 cases in 1947 and by 1955 packed only 100,000 cases. In ’54 and ’55 there were essentially no pink and chum fisheries in the Sound after two no-shows in prior years. Fish traps were seen as directly responsible and pleas for their elimination were heard at statehood when they were abolished.
This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.