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Golden king crab season opens Wednesday in the Aleutian Islands.

And for the first time in its 22-year history, the commercial fishery isn't capped by a rigid quota.

"It's really exciting this year," said biologist Miranda Westphal of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "It was great to have some freedom in setting limits in this fishery."

Brown crab prefer the deep, current-heavy waters of island passes, so it's basically impossible to count them. In fact, Westphal said this is the region's only large rationalized crab fishery without a survey.

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Dutch Harbor's commercial herring season is off to a slow start.

Since opening July 1, seiners have harvested about one quarter of their 1,810-ton quota in the Unalaska and Akutan districts.

"Some of the reports I get from the processors say the fish are deeper than normal," said biologist Lucas Stumpf of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "They're having a little difficulty catching them in the volumes that they're used to, just because the fish seem to be deeper at the moment."

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Unalaska fishermen cannot take salmon at McLees Lake within 500 yards of the river mouth.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued that reminder Sunday as the restriction went into effect.

Biologist Lisa Fox said it'll last through next Monday, July 9.

"It's around the average peak time of that run," she said. "So if the run comes in normally, that should protect the peak."

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Summer sportfishing has begun in Unalaska, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to hear how local anglers are doing.

"There are about five people who regularly contact me and give me updates about what's going on, which I really appreciate," said biologist Tyler Polum. "But more would help too."

Polum is a sportfish biologist for Kodiak, the Aleutian Islands, and the Alaska Peninsula.

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For the first time in 18 years, Unalaska won't collect detailed data on the salmon run at McLees Lake this summer.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) spent months trying to secure funding for the Wislow fish weir.

But last week, biologist Lisa Fox announced that it was too late to keep searching.

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