Salmon takes center stage all summer but lots of other fisheries are out on the water as well. For salmon, the catch is on its way to 111 million fish, with sockeyes totaling about 50 million and pinks nearing 43 million – over half of the humpies are from Prince William Sound.
The total Alaska salmon catch for this year is pegged at 204 million fish.
A lingcod fishery also continues in the Sound through year’s end with a 32,600 pound harvest.
In Southeast Alaska, beam trawl shrimping continues through the end of August with a 175,000 pound catch quota.
And starting August 15th, 78 permit holders will set out for 720,250 pounds of pricey sablefish. A small 54,000 pounds sablefish fishery also is underway now in Cook Inlet.
Cook Inlet also opens to scallop fishing on August 15, 2017. Dredges are still dropping in other parts of the state with a total catch quota of 306,000 pounds of shucked meats.
Nearly 60 percent of the 18 million pound halibut catch has been taken with Kodiak leading all ports for landings, followed taken by Seward and Homer.
Statewide sablefish catches also are nearing 60 percent of the 22.5 million pound quota. Both of those fisheries end in early November.
Fishing for pollock, cod and other whitefish continues in the Bering Sea.
Pollock reopens in the Gulf on August 25 with a catch topping 4 million pounds.
The year’s first red king crab at Norton Sound closed on July 25 where the catch is expected to come in under the nearly half million pound forecast.
Golden king crab kicked off along the Aleutians on August 1 with a 5.5 million pound catch quota.
Registration already is open for fall Bering Sea Tanners, snow crab and red king crab at Bristol Bay.
Catches will be announced in early October with the Bering Sea crab fisheries kicking off on the 15th.
Find catches for all of Alaska’s fisheries at our website – www.alaskafishradio.com