The Alaska Board of Fisheries has voted to continue "dude fishing" in Bristol Bay's Nushagak District.
The dude fishery gives tourists a chance to ride aboard a commercial fishing boat and net a few salmon. A boat operating in the dude fishery may take up to 90 salmon per day.
The special fishery is seen as good business in Dillingham, one of the main commercial fishing villages on Bristol Bay.
The Board of Fisheries originally approved dude fishing as a test three years ago. The authorizing regulation was due to expire, or sunset, at the end of this year.
But the board over the weekend adopted a proposal to eliminate the sunset date.
That means dude can keep fishing!
The board also voted to expand the dude fishing season. Now the season will open June 1, instead of July 1, and run through Sept. 30.
Dutch Harbor report
2 days ago