Increase in humpback activity disrupts Alaskan fishing industry

An abundance of humpbacks is great news for whale watchers, but bad news for herring fishers in Dutch Harbor, a fishing community in the Aleutian Islands.

Dutch Harbor trawlers.

Dutch Harbor trawlers. Image by James Brooks / CC BY 2.0

The harbour is a major fishing port, registering over a billion dollars traded every year. Every summer, humpback whales come to the waters off of Southern Alaska to feed on herring and other small fish with their calves. Dutch Harbor fishing companies report this season’s haul is several hundred tons under expected quotas. Read more:

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