Kodiak is top halibut port, updates
November 14, 2012
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Kodiak is the nation’s top halibut port again. More fishing updates after this —
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For the second year running, Kodiak topped Homer as the number one port for halibut landings. The fishery closed a week ago and Final catch data shows more than five million pounds of halibut crossed the Kodiak docks from 729 landings. Homer had 450 deliveries totaling just over 4.4 million pounds. In all, Alaska longliners landed 97 percent of the 24 million pound catch limit this year, leaving about 700-thousand pounds in the water. … For sablefish, 90 percent of the 29 million pound quota was taken with three million pounds unharvested . Seward led all ports for sablefish landings, followed by Kodiak.
Kodiak crabbers were disappointed to learn that fewer Tanners will be up for grabs when the fishery opens in mid January. Slow crab recruitment will allow for a 900,000 pound harvest, the lowest in five years. It’s even worse for the Alaska Peninsula fishery – the Tanner catch will plummet to just 230,000 pounds, down from 1.6 million, and the Chignik fishery won’t open at all. In all, the region’s Tanner take is a drop of more than 73%.
Things were brighter at Bristol Bay where crabbers made short work of their 8 million pounds season. The crab were hefty at nearly seven pounds a piece and final prices could top $7.25 a pound.
Finally, as salmon forecasts start trickling in for next year, Fish and Game predicts a big pink year for Southeast Alaska – 54 million humpies could be hauled in compared to under 21 million this year.
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