Fish Radio
Fishing updates, October
October 5, 2016                         bbay

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In October all kinds of fishing is going on or getting underway, and various forecasts start trickling in.  Notably, crabbers just learned the red king crab catch this year at Bristol Bay will be down 15 percent to just under 8.5 million pounds.  No word yet on the catch quotas for Bering Sea snow crab or the status of a Tanner crab fishery. Those fisheries open on October 15th.

In Southeast Alaska, the fall Dungeness crab fishery is underway and shrimpers are dropping pots for half a million pounds of big spot prawns.  Beam trawling also is ongoing for pink and coon stripe shrimp in several regions.

The troll fleet will be back out on the Southeast waters for the winter king salmon season starting October 11. They can take 45,000 kings through next April.
Just over a million pounds remain out of the 17 million pound halibut catch limit with one month remaining in the eight month season.

Big and small boats of various gear types are still out fishing for pollock, cod, flounders, rockfish, lingcod, scallops and more, and will right up to the end of the year.    Several hundred divers are plying the Panhandle waters for nearly one million pounds of sea cucumbers. Kodiak and the Westward region also have much smaller cuke fisheries.

Two boats are needed to drop pots for a Tanner crab test fishery in Prince William Sound through December. Contact Fish and Game in Cordova or Homer by October 14.

Looking ahead, the best guess for the 2017 harvest at Alaska’s biggest herring fishery at Togiak is down slightly to 26,170 tons.  Budget cuts have eliminated the science and stock estimates upon which the Togiak herring catches are based.

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