Fish Radio
May 30, 2013                                                        

Togiak, Alaska

Togiak, Alaska


 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch  —  Fishing updates and prices —  and comments to the EPA on protecting Bristol Bay are due tomorrow. More after this –

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 Copper River fishermen were slamming the reds – after three openers the catch   topped half a million sockeyes, twice what was expected. Conversely, the Chinook salmon harvest of around 6,000 was disappointing.    prices started out at $4/lb for sockeye and dropped to $2.50; the price for kings has increased from $6 to $7 per pound.   … Southeast trollers are back out on the water for spring kings. They wrapped up a slow winter season at the end of April but Chinook prices were higher than ever averaging $10/lb. 

 Alaska’s largest herring fishery at Togiak wrapped up this week with a catch just shy of the 30 thousand ton quota.  It was the best herring harvest in 20 years.  A small 727 ton herring fishery at Seymour Canal was the only gillnet harvest in Southeast this year.  Kodiak’s roe herring fishery continued trickling along, as is the 800 ton herring fishery in the Kuskokwim region.  Poised to take off is the fishery at Norton Sound where Icicle Seafoods has four tenders on the grounds for that 800 ton catch. Payouts there are posted on a sliding scale ranging from $100 to $450 a ton depending on roe counts. 

 Alaska longliners have landed just over 7 million pounds of halibut out of the 22 million pound catch limit. Kodiak prices were all over, this week at $4.50-$5.00.   For sablefish, the catch had topped 11 million pounds out of a 28 million pound quota. Those prices continue  to drop to between $3-$5/lb depending on fish size.

 Tomorrow is the deadline to comment to the EPA about  the potential impacts of Pebble Mine on the fisheries and wildlife, and  Native cultures of the Bristol Bay region.  

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