Max Graham

Max Graham

Max Graham is a writer based in Haines.

A troller plies the waters of Sitka Sound earlier this year. (Photo by Max Graham)

To protect orcas, federal judge orders closure of iconic Southeast Alaska troll fishery

By: and - May 3, 2023

A federal judge issued an order Tuesday that appears to close an iconic Southeast Alaska salmon fishery for at least the summer season — a decision that threatens hundreds of jobs and a $30 million industry in response to a conservation group’s lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed by the Washington state-based Wild Fish Conservancy, seeks to […]

Sitka-based troller Jeff Farvour fishes last month in the waters outside his home town. (Photo by Max Graham/Northern Journal)

Lawsuit targets Southeast Alaska salmon fishery to save 73 orcas

By: - March 14, 2023

A north wind picked up as Jeff Farvour leaned over the stern of the Apollo, his 39-foot fiberglass fishing boat. With a gaff hook in one hand and a line in the other, Farvour pulled a single chinook salmon, almost three feet long and worth more than $100, onto the deck. Chinook, also known as […]