The first thing any fisherman wants to know is fish prices.

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game provides dock prices for nearly every fish species with comparisons going back to 1984.  It’s called the Commercial Operator’s Annual Report, or COAR, and is compiled from inputs by Alaska processors.

Prices for last year will be out this summer. Here’s a sampler of some of the more than 60 fish prices from 2016 –

The average price for P-cod was 28 cents per pound, same as the previous year. The ling cod price averaged $1.51.

Those billions of pounds of pollock fetched 13 cents a pound for fishermen. Herring brought 12 cents.

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Octopus averaged 46 cents a pound and sea cucumbers fetched $4.07.

Spot shrimp paid out at $8.96 per pound, and coon striped shrimp at $5.73 was up more than $2.

For 10 types of flounders – pesky arrowtooth was at seven cents a pound; rex sole was the priciest at 34 cents.

For 22 types of rockfish – yellow eye, or red snapper, topped the list at $1.29; rose thorn rockfish was  the lowest priced at 6 cents.

Wolf eels paid out at 84 cents a pound; Geoduck clams at $6.59.

Longnose skates fetched 44 cents. Halibut averaged $6.06 a pound; sablefish at $6.50.

The priciest of all was red king crab at $10.18 a pound to fishermen. The lowest pay out was for sculpin at just 3 cents.

Sockeye salmon averaged $1.06 a pound.

And in another report that shows how much each fishery produced and what processors sold it for —   sockeye salmon topped all others and  wholesaled for nearly $781 million.

If you’re not involved in fishing, why should you care about fish prices?

With Alaska’s commercial catches on the order of 5 to 6 billion pounds per year, adding just one penny per pound for all the combined species makes a difference of nearly one million dollars in landing taxes for the state and local governments each.

 

 

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