Here’s more from Alaska Public Media:
Processors like Copper River buy catch from commercial fishermen and bring that catch to market. As commercial fishermen have dealt with declining salmon runs and management changes, processors from Kenai to Homer have left, too, leaving fishermen with fewer options.
In a letter, Copper River CEO Scott Blake said those factors were to blame for the company ending its salmon buying on the Kenai Peninsula, as well as increasing production costs.
The letter didn’t call out any particular management changes and a spokesperson for Copper River Seafoods could not be reached before airtime.
Here’s a link to the full letter from Copper River Seafoods.