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Fishing updates, September

September 7, 2016

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Fishing regions of AK

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Salmon continue to trickle in across Alaska with the catch so far at just 106 million fish. The total take will fall well below the 161 million forecast, down 40 percent from last year’s catch. The shortfall stems for dismal pink catches in the major producing areas.

Eighty percent of  Alaska’s 17 million pound halibut catch has been taken with less than 3.5 million pounds left to go. Homer, which bills itself as the nation’s top halibut port, leads Kodiak by just about 3-thousand pounds for landings.

Southeast’s troll Chinook fishery closed September 3. A winter troll fishery will reopen in early October.

Landings in Southeast’s summer Dungeness crab fishery were down a bit from last year – just under two million pounds, compared to nearly 2.7 million last summer. Crabbers averaged $3.03 a pound for their Dungies, up four cents, making the catch worth nearly $6 million at the docks. A fall Dungeness season opens October 1.

That same day Alaska’s premiere shrimp fishery will open throughout the Panhandle .  Pots will haul in more than a half million pounds of big spot prawns.  Beam trawling also is ongoing for pink and coon stripe shrimp in several Southeast  regions.

Scallopers are still dropping dredges around Yakutat and in other parts of the Gulf and Bering Sea.

Lingcod fisheries are ongoing in parts of the Gulf, primarily by small boats using jig and hand troll gear.

Trawlers are targeting pollock and other groundfish in both the Bering Sea and the Gulf.  And lots of cod fishing is going on with September 1 openers for longline and pot boats.

The industry will get a first peek at next year’s federally managed fish catches when the North Pacific Council meets in Anchorage the first week of October.  About 85 percent of Alaska’s catches come from those waters.

The state Board of Fisheries follows with a work session later that month.

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