Fish Radio
December 6, 2013


This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –  IFQ  holders pay for the cost of their fisheries. Bills are in the mail – more after this …                                                                                                            

Every Halibut Counts!

Every Halibut Counts!

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 Near the end of each year, bills are sent out to Alaska fishermen who hold IFQs for o  halibut and  sablefish.  They pay an annual fee to the federal government to cover the costs for managing and enforcing those fisheries.  The fee, which is capped at three percent, is based on dock prices and averaged across the state.  

 The IFQ billings were mailed to 2,024 Alaska Longliners on November 22nd. That’s 90 less than last year.   

 Troie Zuniga is fee coordinator for NOAA Fisheries in Juneau. She breaks down the numbers for the eight month fisheries –

 The 2013 halibut and black cod fisheries yielded $5.0 million for coverage costs.

For halibut, the overall value is $105 million and about $72 million for black cod.  That’s about 32 million lower than the 2012 value for halibut and 37 million lower for black cod.

This year’s average price for halibut is $5.06 per /lb and $2.84 per /lb for black cod. That compares to averages of $5.87 per /lb for halibut and $4.11 per/lb for black cod from last year.
The fees have been steady for four years, Zuniga says, but the overall value of the halibut and black cod fisheries has dropped nearly 28 percent.  That’s boosted the pay back slightly to 2.8   percent, compared to 2.1 percent last year. Bills are due by January 31.

The Bering Sea crab industry also pays a fee for its catch share programs. Between 20-30 processors are responsible for paying those bills in July.  NOAA doesn’t track crab prices, only the total value of the fisheries. Zuniga says crab also saw a big dip in  prices for the 2012/2013 fishing year.

 The value of the fishery is $232 million. That’s $55 million lower than last year.

The Bering Sea crab fishery yielded $3.5 million for coverage costs.   The 2012/2013 crab-fishing year fee percentage will be 0.69 percent for the 2013/2014 crab fishing year.

  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. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.