July 15, 2014
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Still busting out at Bristol Bay. Fishing updates after this –
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Bristol Bay continues to have one million or more red salmon days and the catch total continues to climb. The sockeye take was at 27 million, already 10 million over the forecast, and all signs point to more fish on the way. Statewide, the total sockeye harvest already has topped the 34 million fish projection which was 14 percent higher than last year. Alaska’s total catch so far for all species was approaching 60 million salmon.
As always, lots of other fisheries are also underway. Southeast’s Dungeness fishery is plugging along with a crab harvest of 2.25 million pounds expected. A ling cod fishery also is ongoing at the Panhandle.
Ling cod is also being pulled up at Prince William Sound along with a pot shrimp fishery with a nearly 67,000 pound quota.
Seventy four jig boats continue fishing for cod around Kodiak while a smaller fleet targets cod and rockfish in lower Cook Inlet.
The scallop fishery also is underway in the Gulf and the Bering Sea. And a small red king crab opener at Norton Sound has a limit of about just over 380,000 pounds.
Trawlers continue targeting pollock, cod and more than 10 different kinds of flounders in the Bering Sea. The hook and line cod fleet is also out on the water. The Gulf pollock fishery reopens in late August.
For halibut, 57% of the catch limit was taken with just under 7 million pounds left to go.
For sablefish, 66% of catch quota was delivered with 8 million pounds remaining.
Kodiak and Homer are in a tight race for the #1 halibut port title. Kodiak has had the most halibut landings in Alaska so far at 227, but Homer leads just barely for poundage at 1.6 million. Seward crushes all others in terms of sablefish landings – at four million pounds, it’s twice all other ports.
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.