Fishing in the Bering Sea

Fishing in the Bering Sea

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini . Winter fisheries are moving into spring. Tons of fishing updates after this…
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Saturday March 8th is opening day for halibut, state wide. Alaska’s total harvest this year is roughly 20 million pounds. Sablefish is opening as well.
In the Gulf –
State water cod will be moving into its second week this Thursday. Effort has been down due to high winds and the lower number of boats registered.   26 boats have signed on for the state season, that’s nine boats less than last year. Fish and Game’s Mark Stichert in Kodiak says that overall the fishing is decent, with good deliveries. So far 850,000 pounds of the 7.3 million pound catch has been delivered.
In just a few weeks jiggers will be out on the water targeting P. cod. They will also be the first to take part in the newly developed jig pollock test fishery. Stichert says there has been a lot of interest from the jigging fleet.
Out in the Bering sea Pollock, cod and other ground fish are on going-.
The Pollock fishery was off to a slow start, but is picking up now as the roe is ripening.  The winter Pollock season could wrap up in a couple weeks. They will catch a half a million tons this winter and will be back out on the water in June.
Crabbing in the Bering sea continues for golden kings, Tanners and snow crab. Just under 12.5 million pounds remain in the snow crab fishery.
Down in South East-
The Tanner crab season was a long one this year. Fishermen got the full 11 days allowed for the fishery   to catch as many crab as possible until it closed on February 23rd. Fishing for Golden kings will remain open till the seven individual regions guideline harvests are reached.
Just around the corner  – Seiners head to Sitka for the mid march arrival of the famous sac roe herring with a nice haul of over 17,000 tons.
Just a reminder  – If anyone is interested in dropping dredges for state water scallops, the Registration deadline is April 1st.
And finally-
 The Board of fish is having its  final meeting march 17-21st in Anchorage.  State-wide King and Tanner crab and other issues are on the table.  Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, celebrating 104 years of partnership with Alaska’s coastal communities. www.oceanbeauty.com  In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.

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