Fishing updates, November
November 2, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … It’s nearly a wrap for halibut and there’s lots of action out on the fishing grounds. I’ll tell you more after this –
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November still sees lots of action out on the fishing grounds from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea.
Starting in Southeast: The winter troll fishery is underway and will remain open through April or until a total of 45,000 treaty kings are taken. Trollers are averaging $8.56 a pound based on fish tickets.
A rockfish fishery opens in portions of Southeast on November 8 with a catch of nearly 90,000 pounds.
The fall Dungeness crab fishery is still going on and Southeast shrimpers are finishing up their take of half a million pounds of big spot prawns.
Beam trawling also is ongoing for pink and coon stripe shrimp in several regions. Several hundred divers are still plying Panhandle waters for nearly one million pounds of sea cucumbers.
Divers at Kodiak and the Westward region also are targeting much smaller cuke fisheries at 140,000 pounds.
Pollock closed for the year in the Gulf of Alaska on Nov. 1 but fishing for pollock is ongoing in the Bering Sea. In both regions, hundreds of boats are still hauling in tons of cod, flounders and many other types of groundfish.
In just two week, crabbers have pretty much wrapped up the nearly eight million pound red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay, where the pots were said to be chock full of beautiful crab.
On November 7 the halibut fishery comes to a close. Only about a half million pounds remain out of Alaska’s 17 million pound catch limit. Prices for months have remained in the $6.50 to over $7 a pound at major ports.
The industry will get its first peek on recommended catches for next year at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting later this month in Seattle. While some reports indicate catches could remain flat or dip a bit, mum’s the word from IPHC staff. Doug Bowen is with Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.
“When the IPHC conducts their survey they won’t reveal any information as to how the surveys went – for better or worse than the prior year. I give them credit for that, because it would only fan flames of speculation in the IFQ market.”
In other fish meetings: the new Alaska Mariculture Task Force is holding a public meeting at the State Office Building in Juneau on Nov. 9.
Finally, the Board of Fisheries takes up Lower Cook Inlet issues in Homer November 29 through December 3rd. Deadline to comment is Nov. 15.
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.