Fishing updates, March 2015
February 3, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – March means even more fisheries are underway out on the grounds. Lots of updates after this –
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Alaska’s biggest fisheries begin in January and March brings even more boats to the fishing grounds.
Notably, hundreds of boats are geared up for big state waters cod openers this week throughout the Gulf of Alaska. Dock talk pegs the cod price at 35 cents at Kodiak.
Pollock fishing is ongoing in the Gulf and Bering Sea, along with other groundfish fisheries. Crabbing also continues in the Bering Sea – the snow crab fleet has taken 65% of their 61 million pound catch; and about 5 million pounds remain in the 15 million pound Tanner crab catch.
In Southeast Alaska, trollers continue fishing for winter king salmon. They’re averaging $10.39 a pound at the docks. Rockfish, Tanner crab and pot shrimp fisheries wrapped up last week, although shrimp may reopen in May. Golden king crab is still open in Southeast with a 336,000 pound limit, and divers are still going after giant geoduck clams.
Even more boats will be out on the water when the halibut fishery opens on March 14. Alaska’s share is 21.2 million pounds, a 6.5% increase this year. Sablefish opens that same day with a catch quota of about 10.5 thousand metric tons, similar to last year.
Alaska’s first roe herring fishery usually opens in mid to late March at Sitka Sound. Boats will be co-op fishing for that small 8,712 ton catch, down by half from last year and the lowest Sitka herring catch since 2003. No roe herring fisheries this spring at Seymour Canal, Hobart Bay, Kah Shakes or West Beam Canal. And Prince William Sound is again a no go for roe herring.
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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.