Processing Alaska pollock


One click takes you to a site that can tell you everything about fish prices and landings for every Alaska species by region, how much was processed into what products, what processors bought and sold it for and how much money fishermen made by region.

It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to 1984. Most recent numbers are through 2018; 2019 data will be out this spring.

For salmon, charts and graphs show historical harvest rankings by the numbers of fish, poundages and average prices.

The highest price ever paid to fishermen for pinks was 79 cents a pound in 1988; the lowest was 7 cents paid in 1996, 2002, and 2003. The 2018 average pink price was 48 cents.

The highest chum price was 90 cents paid in 2018, the lowest was 16 cents in 1996.  The lowest price ever paid for cohos was 36 cents in 2002. Cohos averaged $1.02 in 2018

Chinook averaged $5.99 a pound in 2018, the highest ever. The lowest Chinook price was $1.28 cents in 1998.

For sockeyes, the low was  58 cents paid in 2001; sockeyes averaged $1.65 in 2018. The highest average paid to fishermen was $.178 in 2013.

For  aquatic farming, data show that through 2018, 30 farms in Alaska produced shellfish and sold nearly 2 million oysters.

Alaska’s kelp harvest jumped from 16,000 pounds in 2017 to nearly 90,000 pounds last year, nearly all from Kodiak.

For the dive fisheries, six processors purchased nearly 1.4 million pounds of sea cucumbers at an average price of $5.29 a pound.

For cod, the average price was 41 cents a pound, up from 32 cents in 2017. Ling cod paid out at $1.63.

Yelloweye was the priciest rockfish at $1.62 a pound. Octopus fetched 59 cents and big skates at 45 cents.

The lowest valued fish was lump suckers at one penny a pound. The priciest product was red king crab at $9.27. The second highest price was for spot shrimp at $8.89 in 2018.

There’s even data on the state’s Mark, Tag and Age Laboratory showing age data by species as well as archived ear bone findings.