Fish Radio
Fishing updates, meetings too
December 7, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Think Alaska fishing is all done in December? Think again! More after this –                            Funny fish

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Kodiak docks are bustling with boats getting geared up for fisheries that kick off at the start of the New Year. Meanwhile, lots of boats are still out on the water across Alaska –

In the Bering Sea and parts of the Gulf, all gear types are targeting codfish, flounders and numerous other groundfish like perch and rockfish. Gulf and Bering Sea pollock fisheries closed on November 1 and will reopen on January 20th.

In Southeast Alaska, the winter king salmon troll fishery is underway and will remain open through April or until a total of 45,000 treaty kings are taken. Trollers were averaging $8.80 a pound for their kings, according to fish tickets.

Dungeness crabbing closed in most regions, with one area outside of Sitka Sound open through February. Crabbers were getting well above $3.00 a pound for dungies.

Shrimp trawlers were still targeting pinks and sidestripes in one Southeast district.

Diving for sea cucumbers is winding down for 173 divers who fetched $3.50-$3.60 a pound for cukes meaning the fishery will be worth $4.3 million at the docks. Dock prices for giant geoduck clams nearly doubled to $13-$15 a pound for the live market.

A fishery for 7 different kinds of rockfish opens in Southeast on Jan. 5. Looking ahead to salmon, it’s unlikely a Chinook fishery will occur next year at the Taku and Stikine Rivers.

Only one landing so far for snow crab in the Bering Sea. That fishery will get underway in earnest in mid-January. Also in January, the Board of Fisheries will decide if a Tanner crab opener can occur in one district of the Bering Sea when it meets from the 10th through the 13th in Kodiak.   The deadline to comment on proposals for that meeting is December 27.

Comments on proposed management changes to the halibut fishery are due December 31 to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which meets in late January. The halibut fishery re opens in March.

Finally, the North Pacific Council meeting is underway in Anchorage through the 14th. It’s live streamed on the web and you can find links to all of the fish meetings, catches and more at

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. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.