Fish Radio

Fishing updates, New BOF names

February 3, 2016                    Lingcod

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of fishing is going on, plus three new names for the Board of Fish. I’ll tell you more after this –

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February keeps Alaska’s fishing momentum going with even more to come. Fishermen have been hauling in cod since the year began, and the biggest fishery – pollock – got underway on January 20. Trawlers will take more than 3.5 Billion pounds of pollock from the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

A lingcod fishery of nearly one million pounds is underway in Southeast Alaska. An opener  for 64,000 pounds of seven different kinds of deep water rockfish is set for Feb. 3rd.

Southeast trollers are still fishing for winter king salmon, and the fish are averaging over 10 pounds. At $7.50 a pound, that makes one king salmon worth way  more than a barrel of oil.

Divers are still going down for sea cucumbers, urchins and geoduck clams. And Southeast’s golden king crab and Tanner crab fisheries open on  February 17. The Tanner catches should top one million pounds; catches for golden king crab should be out on Friday.

The big crab fisheries are still underway in the Bering Sea. Crabbers have landed about 11 million pounds of a 36 million pound snow crab quota. For bairdi Tanners, the catch is at 73 percent of the 15 million pound quota.

And as soon as unstable ice conditions improve, the year’s first red king crab fishery will kick off at Norton Sound. That catch is just over half a million pounds.

Finally, Governor Walker has named three new faces to the state Fish Board. Alan Cain of Anchorage, Israel Payton of Skwenta, and Robert Ruffner of Soldotna will replace current members Bob Mumford of Anchorage, Fritz Johnson of Dillingham and Tom Kluberton of Talkeetna.  The appointments must be approved by the legislature.

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.