Wrangell cancels its 65yearold King Salmon Derby

first_imgDue to record low Chinook forecasts and state restrictions, Wrangell canceled its annual King Salmon Derby for the first time. Wrangell has held the longest king derby in Southeast Alaska, lasting a whole month. The local Chamber of Commerce will hold a Silver Salmon Derby instead.Other towns had limited or canceled their derbies in the past. But this marks the first change for Wrangell since the event’s beginning 65 years ago.Listen nowThe cancellation is due to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s area closures. The agency announced in January that District 8, at the mouth of the Stikine River, would be closed for sport retention from April to mid-July.The local chamber had anticipated further closures and got the official notice last week.  Districts 6 and 7 are closed until mid-June. They encompass waters surrounding the entirety of Wrangell Island west to Coffman Cove.Cyni Crary is the executive director of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce.“It’s really unfortunate that our king salmon derby is being canceled, but there’s nothing we can do about it considering the closures. And so we feel like this is an excellent opportunity to bring back the coho salmon derby,” Crary said.Wrangell’s derby for silver or coho salmon is a throwback for the town. It was last held in the late 1970s. This marks the first time it will be held not in conjunction with a king derby.“And so this time people aren’t going to be able to fish for quite a while and retain the fish. So this is like, it will get people really excited to get on the water and compete,” Crary said.The silver derby is meant to supplement the excitement and the economic boost usually seen with the king derby.  Folks from out of town come to Wrangell to fish the derby, and local retailers could always count on getting a boost from the event.“Just everything that people get when they go out fishing, from their fishing licenses, to their beer, to their bait,” Crary said.The Silver Salmon Derby will last from Aug. 11 through Sept. 3, but only on the weekends.This year’s derby tickets will be reduced from $35 to $20. The chamber will award weekly $250 cash prizes, with a $500 prize for Labor Day weekend. The top awards will be based on a cumulative three-fish catch. Those prizes are $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.last_img read more

Related Ctrip Announces Agreement to Acquire Skysc

first_img RelatedCtrip Announces Agreement to Acquire SkyscannerWe’re delighted to announce that leading Chinese online travel agent Ctrip is to acquire Skyscanner. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservations, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. Today they’ve signed a definitive agreement with the majority shareholders of Skyscanner Holdings…The next step in Skyscanner’s journey: our acquisition by Ctrip is completeToday marks the day that we move from a private VC-funded company to one that is the strategic partner of Ctrip, one of the most successful online travel companies in the world. This is a milestone, but like real milestones, it is at the side of the road and is…Skyscanner’s Colin McLellan and Stuart Middleton promoted to CFO and CCO respectivelySkyscanner’s Finance Director, Colin McLellan, and Commercial Director, Stuart Middleton, have been promoted to the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer respectively. Colin McLellan has lead Skyscanner’s finance team since previous CFO Shane Corstorphine took on the role of General Manager, Americas, in 2016. Colin joined Skyscanner… 2017 is set to be another fast-paced year for Skyscanner and, together with Ctrip, we’re excited to continue in our quest in making travel search as simple as possible for travelers across the globe. As part of a listed company (Ctrip is listed on NASDAQ), we’ll no longer be reporting our financial results annually as we did previously. Ctrip acquired Skyscanner in December, a partnership we’re thrilled about – it will allow us to share best practice while remaining operationally independent and continue our accelerated global growth across the globe (for more information, check out our blogs here and here). The Ctrip group has seen a solid set of results in the fourth quarter of 2016, including healthy group revenue growth and significant margin expansions. Full Ctrip Q4 2016 results can be found on their Investor Relations site. Key results from the Ctrip group included solid revenue growth in 2016 for Skyscanner, accounting for mid-to-high single digit Ctrip group revenues on a pro-forma basis. Ctrip expect to see similar strong revenue for Skyscanner in 2017. Skyscanner’s adjusted EBITDA margins were maintained at around 20% in 2016. last_img read more