Fish Radio
Fishing updates, Jan. 2017
January 4, 2017

Fishing for cod in AK starts Jan. 1

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway this month. I’ll tell you more after this –

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 January first sees the start of Alaska’s biggest fisheries when hundreds of boats set out lines and pots for codfish in all parts of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Island regions. Those combined fisheries will produce nearly 670 million pounds of codfish this year.

Hundreds more boats will be on the fishing grounds when pollock and other whitefish open for trawlers   on January 20th.  Alaska pollock is the nation’s largest fishery with nearly three billion pounds coming out of the Bering Sea and more than 420 million pounds from the Gulf.


A fishery for seven different kinds of rockfish opened for Southeast hook and line fishermen on Jan. 1.

Divers are still going after $4 a pound sea cucumbers in two Panhandle regions. And Southeast trollers are still catching winter king salmon taking more than 62 hundred so far. Trollers were averaging nearly $9.60 a pound for winter kings. They can catch 45,000 non-treaty fish through April.

Bering Sea snow crab will kick into gear mid-month with a 19 million pound catch limit. Crabbers will know next week if a bairdi Tanner opener will be allowed in one Bering Sea fishing district. The state Board of Fisheries will decide at its meeting Jan. 10-13 in Kodiak.

The state also is soliciting bids for vessels to do a nearly one million pound pollock test fishery in Prince William Sound this month. Deadline to apply is January 6 to the Fish and Game office at Homer.

That’s also the deadline to submit new products to the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. Four categories include retail, food service, Beyond the Plate from byproducts and Beyond the Egg featuring roe.

Finally, this year’s halibut catches will be announced when the International Pacific Halibut Commission meets Jan. 23-27 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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