PWS sablefish fishery continues to Dec. 31

A fishing vessel near Cordova Harbor. (May 14, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The sablefish season in Prince William Sound has been extended through Dec. 31 due to health issues related to the COVID-19, Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials announced on Tuesday, May 19.

The fishery opened on April 15, with a guideline harvest level of 167,000 pounds. By regulation the season would conclude on Aug. 31.

Under Alaska’s health mandates 10, 11 and 12, commercial fishing is an essential business and is part of Alaska’s essential services and critical infrastructure, but these mandates also impose protocols to be followed by all harvesters. Commercial fishermen are advised to ensure that all travel and other activities in support of commercial fishing operations follow protocols at covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates.