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Pacific cod makes up 11% of Alaska’s total fish deliveries. It marks the start of a new fishing season as it opens January 1 of each New Year. The Federal water fishery is first with a bumped up quota this year.
“This year it is 39,825 metric tons for the 2014 Central Gulf region.”
“The biggest gripe was low prices, which of course translates into less effort. So with less guys out there they are less likely to get on the fish. It’s a little circular so it seems.”
Davis says, “he is not a fisherman so he will leave those thoughts to the experts.” Gulf pot fishermen have brought in around 200 thousand pounds so far . . .
Come early February, just seven days after the federal season wraps up state water cod begins. The 3 mile offshore line gives smaller boats a chance at the cod-fish pie.
“The total Kodiak area quota is 14.6 million pounds and that is split between pot and jig gear and each gear type gets 50% of the total quota or about 7.3 million pounds.”
Trent Hartill is a Groundfish Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak. The State water quota is a million pounds more this year.
“The last three year’s the A, B, C has been pretty consistent. For this year the A, B, C is up about 7% from 2013.”
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