September 16, 2014
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing updates all across the state. I’ll tell you more after this —
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Alaska’s total salmon catch looks like it will come in at just over 150 million fish – that’s about 20 million more than expected. That’s due in part to a healthy run of reds in many regions, notably Bristol Bay.
With sockeye salmon shortfalls in Russia and a lower run than expected at B.C.’s Fraser River, market reports are putting Alaska sockeyes at a premium.
Speaking of premiums – halibut prices are back in the nose bleed range, near to or topping $7/lb at major ports. 85% of Alaska’s catch has been so far with just over two million pounds left to go out of the nearly 16 million limit. The ports of Kodiak and Homer are neck a neck with halibut landings topping two million pounds each.
For sablefish, 78% of the 24 million pound quota has been landed. Both of those fisheries end in mid November.
All kinds of fishing is going on in the Bering Sea – – pollock, cod, flatfish, and many other types of groundfish. The golden king crab fleet is out on in the Aleutian Islands region targeting about six million pounds of that crab, all of goes to US markets.
Crab industry scientists and stakeholders are meeting this week to talk about outlooks for Alaska’s biggest crab fisheries – Bristol Bay king crab and Bering Sea snow crab. Those fisheries open in mid-October.
In the Central and Western Gulf, trawl, hook and line and pot boats joined jiggers targeting P-cod. Gulf trawlers are going after pollock until October 1 with another fall shot right after.
Moving to Southeast Alaska crabbers will be back out on the water October 1 for Dungeness. The combined summer and fall dungie catches are expected to top six million pounds.
Southeast’s pot shrimp season opens October 1 with a region wide harvest of about half a million pounds. That same day, dive fisheries for sea cucumber and urchins get underway in Southeast and around Kodiak.
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