Silver Salmon Derby COVID Mitigation

The 65th annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby, hosted by the Seward Chamber of Commerce, will be August 8 through August 16, 2020, with precautions and modifications in place to provide the safest fishing derby experience for our participants, volunteers and community members in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to increase social distancing efforts and to follow all local, state and federal guidelines and recommendations the following will be implemented for the 2020 Seward Silver Salmon Derby:

  • All participants must purchase tickets online. Tickets can be purchased via a computer or phone at
  • Face masks will be provided for all volunteers.
  • Our volunteer numbers are decreased and our staffing schedule modified to limit interaction and increase safety for our volunteers and participants.
  • Signage and guidance will be provided at the weigh-in station to bring awareness to social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines.
  • There will be a regular and thorough cleaning schedule of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby booth and weigh station.
  • All additional celebrations, such as the opening ceremony and awards ceremony, are cancelled.

We are excited to operate with a new derby software this year, which was tested during June’s Seward Halibut Tournament! The software allows us to decrease contact points, since participants no longer need to buy a ticket at the booth or validate their tickets. We also expect the software to create a smoother weigh-in process for participants and volunteers.

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to hosting a safe, socially distanced fishing derby. Whether participants use their personal boats, hire a charter or fish from our shores and while visiting our city, we ask that they continue to abide by COVID-19 guidelines and stay COVID-19 conscious. 

The Chamber of Commerce also recognizes the uncertainty that comes with the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, the Chamber will not hesitate to cancel the derby if it is in violation of local, state or federal regulations or recommendations of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services officials. This includes a ‘Code Orange’ alert from the city of Seward, a closure of the charter industry or a ban on intrastate travel.