One click takes you to a site that can tell you all everything about fish prices and landings for every Alaska species by region, how much was processed into what products, and what processors bought and sold it for.
It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to 1984.
For salmon, charts and graphs show historical harvest rankings by the numbers of fish, the poundages and average prices for each species for every region.
It shows that at Cook Inlet, for example, the highest sockeye price ever was $2.54 a pound paid in 1988. That same year Prince William Sound reds fetched $3.05. Kodiak’s best sockeye price to fishermen was $1.83 paid in 2014. Bristol Bay’s lowest sockeye price was 42 cents a pound paid in 2001.
Click on herring and you’ll see that the statewide average price in 2018 was 8 cents a pound for sac roe and 21 cents for herring caught as food and bait.
The shellfish data includes octopus, shrimp and all crab taken in state waters.
It also covers aquatic farming and shows 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.
The dive fisheries are included and for sea cucumbers, for example, 6 processors purchased nearly 1.4 million pounds in 2018 at an average price of $5.29 a pound
Data from Alaska processors are compiled in Commercial Operator’s Annual Reports (COAR) and show how much fish and shellfish was purchased and for how much.
For cod fish, the average price last year was 41 cents a pound, up from 32 cents in 2017. Lingcod paid out at $1.63.
The lowest valued fish was lump suckers at one penny a pound.
The priciest product was red king crab at $9.27. 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.