Kodiak tops for halibut, fishing updates
November 16, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Kodiak is tops for halibut – total salmon value is one of the lowest ever – More fishing updates after this –
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Homer has lost its title as the nation’s top halibut port – that honor now goes to Kodiak for having the most halibut cross the docks during the eight month fishery that ended last week. Kodiak’s landings totaled nearly 2.7 million pounds, topping Homer by about 75,000 pounds. Alaska longliners pulled in 98 percent of the 17 million pound catch limit and fetched prices between $6 and $7 a pound all season.
The halibut industry will get a first glimpse at next year’s potential catches at the end of November. The International Pacific Halibut Commission also will take up 13 requests for management changes to the fishery, including whether it will be legal to target halibut with pots in 2017.
Turning to salmon – the total harvest for the 2016 season came in at 112 million salmon, based on preliminary numbers from Fish and Game. The value to fishermen of $406 million is the lowest since 2002.
Upper Cook Inlet will see a much lower sockeye run, state managers predict, with a commercial harvest of just 1.7 million reds, one million fish below the 20 year average.
Pinks are looking more hopeful in Southeast Alaska, where managers are projecting a strong catch in the 43 million range.
In season summaries: Alaska Peninsula fishermen had a nice payday of nearly $28 million from a good red harvest this summer.
It was just the opposite at Kodiak where salmon landings fell shy of six million fish. The dockside value of $14.5 million was a far cry from the 10 year average of more than $36 million, and the fourth lowest since 1975.
Finally, the state Board of Fisheries meets in Homer starting November 30th. The focus is on fisheries in Lower Cook Inlet.
All the fish meetings are streamed live on the web. Find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com
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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.