Salmon takes center stage all summer and more fisheries are set to open all over the state. Only about 400,000 salmon have been taken so far, but numbers will start to add up fast.
Kodiak’s salmon season kicked off 10 days early on June 1 with a record run of reds to the Karluk River. Area manager, James Jackson –
Karluk has come in like a bang this year – quite a few fish. We had a one day count of nearly 46,000 fish which puts us nearly ten days ahead -the last time we did that was in 2005 so it’s been awhile since we opened that early.
Jackson voices the concern that everyone is feeling – that a gridlocked Alaska legislature will force a halt to salmon season in a matter of weeks.
If it looks like we’re not going to have a budget in July then we’re going to have to open up all the weirs and bring all the people back because they can’t be working out there for free.
At Prince William Sound the spot shrimp fishery is set to close on June 8 when the 67,000 pound quota is taken. More than 40 boats took part in that fishery this year.
Lots of cod fishing is going on in the Sound and around Cook Inlet, Kodiak and westward regions.
Southeast Alaska’s summer Dungeness season will kick off on June 15. Several million pounds usually come out of that fishery.
In the Bering Sea, the summer season for Alaska pollock opens on June 10. More than 3 billion pounds of pollock will come out of that fishery this year. Fishing for cod, flounders and many other kinds of whitefish continues.
In the Gulf of Alaska, pollock fishing closed at the end of May and will reopen on August 2.5
Alaska halibut catches have topped seven million pounds with Kodiak the leading port, followed by Seward and Homer, surprisingly, a distant third. The Alaska catch limit is nearly 18.3m pounds total.
Sablefish catches are at 9.5 million pounds with Seward and Sitka leading all other ports. That catch quota this year is 22.5 million pounds.
The year’s first red king crab should kick off in late June at Norton Sound. The catch is usually near half a million pounds.
The wrap up of the Togiak roe herring fishery shows that just under 16,000 tons was taken, about 10 tons under the quota. An advance price of $100 per ton makes the fishery value at about $1.75 million at the docks.
Finally, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting now through June 13 in Juneau.
Thanks to the assist from KMXT/Kodiak.