Letter: Hoping for a favorable ruling as king salmon troller season nears

Folks following the Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit that seeks to shut down commercial king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska may not be aware of the defendants (NOAA, State of Alaska, Alaska Trollers Association) motion for a stay of the district court order pending appeal.

The notion asks the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the lower court’s May order which shut down the commercial Southeast Alaska king salmon fishery. A stay would allow trollers to fish kings this year.

The defendants have asked the court for a decision on the motion by June 23, which is this Friday. I can’t predict what the court will do, but I certainly hope the stay is granted. Can’t give odds. We should have an answer by closing time Friday.

Matthew Donohoe

President, Alaska Trollers Association