This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. New year new season. 2014 Fish numbers and more after this…
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Early numbers for next year’s commercial fisheries are all the buzz…As of now it is looking like Alaska will get just under 19 million pounds of halibut, that could be a 3 million pound drop for the fishery. The International Pacific Halibut Commission will come up with the final catches mid January.
The North Pacific Council approved groundfish numbers for next year – the biggest increase is for Gulf pollock with around 175-thousand tons, bringing it up nearly 45%. Gulf P-cod was increased nearly 7%, while Gulf black cod catches will drop 15.5% to just over 10-thousand tons. Bering Sea black cod catches were cut about the same, totaling catches of just over 3 thousand tons.
The Bering sea snow crab fleet is already on the water, and earlier then usual. Crabbers hope to get a head start to avoid the sea ice up north. The snow grab quota is at 54 million for the 2013/14 season. Making it 12 million pound lighter than last years harvest…
Early predictions for Roe herring at Sitka Sound is just over 17 and a half thousand tons. That’s six thousand tons more than last year when Sitka seiners took less than half of that catch. Fish managers will test again in February.
Salmon forecasts are starting to trickle in…
The 2014 forecast for Bristol Bay calls for a harvest of 16.86 million fish, down slightly from this year.
Southeast trollers are still going after winter kings – but there will be no early May fishing for Stikine River king salmon – managers will wait and see how the run comes in and may allow some limited fishing.
During January 7th thru the 11th, The Board of Fish will meet in Kodiak to discuss salmon, herring and other fish issues. The public comment deadline is December 23rd.
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods who says thanks to its hard working fleet for another successful season. www.oceanbeauty.com In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.