Fall fish line up
August 27, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s fleets switch from salmon to other fisheries. More after this –
After Alaska’s salmon season is over, many of the boats begin fishing for other things, from sea cukes to Bering Sea crab.
More and more you get salmon fishermen who also do dive fisheries or Shrimp or something in the fall so fishermen have diversified and they fish a portfolio of different fisheries.
Bill Donaldson is a fishery manager at Fish and Game in Sitka. Roughly 75 percent of Alaska’s 6,500 or so fishing vessels are under 50 feet in length and bounce around between many openers.
Southeast Alaska is especially busy in the fall with another shot at Dungies, plus dive fisheries for sea cucumbers, urchins and giant geoduck clams starting in October. Southeast’s big spot prawn fishery also kicks off. And hundreds of trollers also will be back out on the water for the start of the winter king salmon fishery.
Pollock fishing reopened in the Gulf of Alaska this week and boats of all gears and sizes will be back on the water for codfish starting September 1. Kodiak also has dive fisheries for sea cukes and urchins during the fall.
Halibut and sablefish seasons will be underway until mid-November for a thousand or more longliners.
Many of the bigger boats that tender salmon during the season start prepping for the Bering Sea crab fisheries that open in mid-October. The catch quotas for red king crab, snow crab and Tanners and more will be announced next month.
Fishing for flounders, perch, mackerel, rockfish and countless others also will continue across Alaska all during the fall.
Finally, Friday, August 28 is the deadline to comment and share ideas on the plan to reduce trawl bycatch in the Gulf. Contact is the North Pacific Council.
Likewise, the state Board of Fisheries wants input on the new state water pollock fishery for seine and jig gear. That’s a trial opportunity that’s had trouble getting off the ground. Mark Stichert is a fishery manager at Fish and Game in Kodiak.
Certainly pollock is a high volume, low value species and there are a number of moving parts as in terms of when and where to go and as well as finding markets for much smaller volumes of fish.
The deadline for pollock proposals is Sept. 4.
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.