Cod openers in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska will kick off the coming year’s fishing lineup starting on January first.
Kodiak’s 400,000 Tanner crab fishery opens on January 15.
That’s also around the time that Bering Sea crabbers will get serious about pulling up snow crab. That quota was boosted to nearly 34 million pounds, a 24 percent increase from last season.
Alaska pollock opens to trawlers on January 20 in the Gulf and Bering Sea, where the catch will increase to more than three billion pounds.
The Gulf pollock catch took a big dip to around 250 million pounds, a drop of over 57 million pounds from 2019.
A 5 million pound pollock fishery also will occur at Prince William Sound.
Southeast Alaska crabbers will drop pots for golden king crab and Tanners on February 17. Those harvests have been in the 76,000 and one million pound range, respectively.
Halibut will open in early to mid-March – catches will be announced by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in early February.
Also starting in March – the state is calling for huge roe herring harvests for next spring.
At Sitka Sound, a quota of 25,824 tons is double this year’s limit when the fishery was called off due to the small size of the fish. Managers predict heftier herring next spring.
At Alaska’s biggest roe herring fishery at Togiak in Bristol Bay, a whopping 38,749 ton harvest is up for grabs.
Up next for the state Board of Fisheries is Kodiak, where it will meet January 11-14.
The seven member board sets the rules for subsistence, commercial, sport, and personal use fisheries and takes up issues by region every three years. Thirty-six Kodiak proposals are on the docket.