Fish Update, early December
December 3, 2014
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It might be the holidays but things are still busy out on the fishing grounds. In the Bering Sea, the crab fleet quickly turned to Tanners after wrapping up the red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay. So far about 9 million pounds of Tanner crab have been taken out of the surprising 15 million pound quota. Crabbers also are still fishing for golden king crab along the Aleutians.
Hook and line and pot boats also are fishing for cod, squid, octopus, flatfish, rockfish and more in the Bering Sea. In the Gulf, the jig fleet continues fishing for P-cod.
A first ever pollock seine fishery is open at Cook Inlet now through February 28. The purpose is to determine the effectiveness of seine gear for catching pollock. The total catch limit is 440,000 pounds.
There’s lots of fishing action in Southeast Alaska – trollers are still targeting winter king salmon and longliners are fishing for 60,000 pounds of seven different kinds of rockfish.
Dive fisheries are ongoing for geoducks in Southeast with 750,000 pounds taken so far.
Sea cucumbers wrapped up in mid November – 17 areas produced just over one million pounds and fetched up to $4.50 a pound.
Southeast’s Dungeness fishery closed November 30 and it was one of the best ever. The combined summer and winter crab fisheries topped 4 million pounds, valued at $12 million at the docks.
Also in Southeast – Fish and Game has set a low preliminary harvest for next year’s Sitka Sound herring fishery. The 87-hundred ton catch is the lowest since 2003 and down by half from this year.
Once again, Homer held on to the top spot for landings beating out Kodiak by just 150-thousand pounds for the season. Seward and Petersburg were the other top ports for halibut landings.
Catch numbers for next year’s halibut fishery should be out today – and numbers for groundfish will be out next week. Then, starting January 1, the fishing cycle begins again.
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