Fish Radio
Harvesting jobs increase
November 6, 2014                                     

Fishing areas of Alaska  Credit: ASMI

Fishing areas of Alaska
Credit: ASMI

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Alaska fishing jobs are on the increase. More after this –

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Alaska’s seafood harvesting jobs grew last year to a level not seen since the year 2000. Driven primarily by an increased salmon harvest, notably the record run of pinks, fishing jobs grew by nearly 2.5 percent. That brought the year’s monthly average to 84-hundred jobs, just 400 shy of the record.   Seafood Harvesting is a focus of the November Alaska Economic Trends by the state Dept. of Labor.

 The report says Alaska’s fishing jobs has one of the strongest seasonal patterns in the nation, with a difference of about 25,000 jobs between the highest and lowest months

 Salmon fishing jobs were the main source of growth between 2012 and 2013, with a gain of 452 jobs, or 10 percent. Salmon at in Bristol Bay accounts for 98% of harvesting jobs, and 73% in the South central region.

 Alaska Crab harvesting lost around 100 jobs over two years, a drop of 17 percent. The average loss for groundfish jobs over the year was 187 jobs, or 15 percent.

 Southeast Alaska has steadily been generating the most fishing jobs, gaining 210 last year – the most in more than a decade. The South central region was next due to the halibut fleets, plusthe Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet salmon fisheries. The Aleutians/Pribilof Islands’ employment was third-highest for fishing jobs.

 Conversely, jobs in Kodiak fisheries dropped nearly 13 percent last year due to decrease landings of halibut and groundfish.

 The report also highlights jobs in 170 Alaska seafood processing plants and a look at the CDQ program. Find a link to Alaska Economic Trends at our website-


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