Fish Radio

January 16, 2014

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Salmon permit prices soar– and Cook Inlet is next up for the Board of Fish. More after this –                                                                                             AK Salmon permit map Credit:

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The value of Alaska salmon permits are soaring in many fisheries. That’s the case at Bristol Bay where drift gillnet permits are around $140,000. That compares to $90,000 at the same time last year.

Listings by four brokers show that Prince William Sound seine cards are over $200,000; they were in the $140,000 range a year ago. The Sound’s driftnet permits also are selling at over 200K. Southeast Alaska seine permits are at $320,000, up from  $250,000 last January. Kodiak seine values continued an upward creep to $50,000, up from $36,000. Chignik permits are in the $225,000 range. At Area M  at the Alaska Peninsula drifts were at $90,000 and seine cards at $65,000.

At Cook Inlet, drift permits are being offered at $85,000 or higher; that’s $10,000 more than at this time last year.  Cook Inlet seine’s are listed in the  $65,000 range and setnets at $16,000.


 Cook Inlet will be the focus of the Board of Fish when it takes up 235 proposals at its upcoming meeting later this month.  Fish and Game has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions about managing king salmon on the Kenai River in advance of the meeting. It uses the 2013 season to explain escapement polices, how salmon are counted, king salmon research and more. The Fish Board meets January 31 through February 13 at the Egan Center in Anchorage. All sessions will be webcast.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture.    In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch