Fish Radio
December 10, 2013                                       

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Ups and downs for next year’s catches. More on halibut, groundfish and herring after this –                                    Plugged with AK pollock Credit:

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 Next year’s halibut catches will decrease again for all regions except Southeast Alaska, if managers follow the lead of their science advisors.   The International Pacific Halibut Commission recommended a 2014 coast wide commercial catch of just under 25 million pounds, a 21 percent decrease from the 31 million pounds allowed for this year.  Alaska’s share of the catch would be 18.7 million pounds.   

 In a summary last week, the IPHC said the results of summer stock assessments show that the Pacific halibut stock has been declining continuously over much of the last decade as a result of decreasing size-at-age; recruitment strengths are also much smaller than those observed through the 1980s and 1990s.

Final catches will be decided by the IPHC in mid January.

 Next year’s groundfish catches show 30% increases for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska while the Bering Sea catch should remain about the same at nearly 3 billion pounds.   (1,369,000 mt)  Gulf P-cod catches show nice increases – the news isn’t so good for sablefish, which is projected to be down by several hundred tons in all regions.  The North Pacific Council will approve Gulf and Bering Sea catch quotas at its meeting this week in Anchorage.

 Finally, the harvest for next year’s roe herring fishery at Sitka Sound is pegged at just over  17 and a half thousand short tons. (17,592 tons)   That’s six thousand tons more than this year — when Sitka seiners took less than half of the total catch.

 Also meeting this week in Anchorage through Wednesday– the Board of Fisheries takes up Lower Cook Inlet fish issues.  Find more at Fish Links page.

 Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.  Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America.      In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.