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.

Here’s a sampler of some of the average prices from 2017 –

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The average price for P-cod was $.32 cents per pound, an increase of $.04 cents from 2016. The ling cod price averaged $1.88, up $.33 cents.

Those 3 billion pounds of Alaska pollock fetched $.12 cents a pound for fishermen, down a penny. Herring also dropped a penny to $.11 cents.

Octopus averaged $.60 cents a pound, a $.14 cent increase and sea cucumbers fetched $5.02, up nearly a dollar.

For 11 types of flounders – pesky arrowtooth increased $.03 cents to $.10 cents a pound; rex sole held as the priciest flat fish at $.34 cents. Alaska plaice was the cheapest at $.03 cents.

For 20 types of rockfish – yellow eye, or red snapper, topped the list at $1.49, up $.20 cents.  rose thorn   priced at $.06 cents last year jumped to $.33 cents.

Geoduck clams paid out at $6.27, down $.32 cents.

Longnose skates fetched $.49 cents, up a nickel.

Halibut averaged $6.25, up $.19 cents.  Sablefish averaged $7.36 compared to $6.50 the year before.

Sockeye salmon averaged $1.26, up $.20 cents.  Chinook at $5.73 increased from $4.88, cohos at $1.23 were up a nickel, chums at $.70 cents were up by $.08 and pinks at $.36 were down a penny.

The priciest catch was spot shrimp paying out at $9.32, up 36 cents.

Sculpins were the cheapest one penny a pound.  

Another report  shows how much each fishery produced and what processors sold it for —

Pollock topped them all with 1.3 billion pounds processed for a first wholesale value of $1.5 billion.

Sockeye salmon was second at nearly $790 million for 208 million pounds.

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

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