Fisheries-Update-May-6th-2013.mp3

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.   It doesn’t feel like spring but May means the start of Alaska’s salmon season.    Stay tuned for more fisheries updates after this…

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As Alaska herring continues to travel up the coast, fish managers put out the final numbers for the Sitka sac roe herring fishery. The fleet took less than half of the 11,000 ton quota, but herring roe counts averaged a nice 13%.  Around Kodiak… Fishermen have passed the half way mark for the island’s total herring catch,  while out in Bristol Bay  boats and tenders are waiting for the states largest herring run at Togiak.

In the Gulf… 

Jiggers continue to target pacific cod. in federal and state waters. Long liners have been on the water for over a month, bringing in less than 4 million pounds of halibut out of the nearly 22 million pound harvest.  Black cod deliveries in Homer, Kodiak, and Seward have a combined total of about 7 million pounds of the 28 million pound sablefish  quota.

On May 15 the Aleutian Island state water sablefish fishery will open with a  harvest of just over 400,000 pounds. That fishery could last till mid-November.

Moving to Southeast Alaska …

Spring Chinook  areas opened May 1st  for trollers. The Golden King season wrapped up today, and in a few  weeks the commercial pot shrimp fishery will reopen May 15th.

Starting today around Prince William Sound, pot shrimp opens with over 66,000 pounds, and could last until the middle of September.

In salmon news …

On May 16th all eyes will be on Copper River as it officially kicks off Alaska’s salmon season. The forecast calls for just over 1 million Sockeye and just under 20 thousand Chinooks at Copper River this summer.

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