Tragedy that left 5 dead or missing puts spotlight on safety in Alaska charter fishing industry

FILE - Homes in downtown overlook the harbor, in Sitka, Alaska, on March 26, 2008. Sitka is the home port for a charter fishing boat that sank in late May 2023 in nearby waters killing three and leaving two lost at sea. The tragedy has put a spotlight on the safety of southeast Alaska’s vibrant charter fishing industry and on the port town of Sitka, where charter operators charge thousands of dollars per person for guided fishing trips. (AP Photo/Chris Miller, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Morgan Robidou posed next to the bright aluminum hull of his prized new vessel, a 30-foot (9-meter) fishing boat that he could use to take friends, family or tourists out after salmon or halibut in the bountiful waters of southeast Alaska.