Fishing updates, dates to watch
August 6, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing updates – and dates to watch. More after this –
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Alaska’s salmon catch is nearing 144 million fish and it’s questionable if the season will meet the preseason forecast of 221 million. The summer so far has yielded nearly 50 million sockeye salmon – almost 36 million from Bristol Bay. Prince William Sound is having one of its best pink seasons ever with the catch at nearly 58 million. That was the projected catch this summer for Southeast Alaska, although a slow humpy harvest there so far is only at about 11 million fish.
Chinook salmon are showing the best returns in a decade on the Yukon and enough have made it to Canada to meet treaty obligations. Chinook improvements also are noted in several other Alaska regions and the uptick could be due to the tough conservation measures in place for several years.
In other fisheries: Alaska longliners have taken 63 percent of the halibut catch, with about six million pounds remaining in the 17 million pound catch limit. Homer is way in the lead for halibut landings.
Scallop fishing is ongoing near Yakutat, Kodiak, the Alaska Peninsula, Dutch Harbor and Bering Sea with a combined total of 340,000 pounds of shucked meats,
A ling cod fishery and a shrimp fishery are still underway at Prince William Sound. Jig cod is open throughout most of the Gulf.
Southeast’s summer Dungeness crab fishery is going strong with a catch expected to top 2.25 million pounds.
Pollock, cod, mackerel, perch and various flounders are ongoing targets in the Bering Sea; Fall pollock reopens in the Gulf on August 25.
The year’s first red king crab fishery closed at Norton Sound on July 24 after about a month of fishing.. That catch limit was 395,000 pounds. Finally, golden king crab opened along the Aleutian Islands on August 1 with a catch topping six million pounds.
Some dates to watch: The deadline to comment on the Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch reduction program is August 28th.
And proposals for state water pollock fisheries are due to the Board of Fish by September. 4th.
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.