Pollock fishing aboard the F/V Ocean Hope 3
Credit: alaska-in-pictures.com


Crab, cucumbers, cod, pollock, halibut, a herring fishery and more are going on across Alaska in October with a highlight being the mid-month start up of the Bering Sea crab fisheries.

The fall Dungeness fishery Got underway in Southeast Alaska on October 1. Also about 170 divers headed down for pricey sea cucumbers – the catch limit is over 1.7 million pounds for Southeast. Divers also can target sea urchins and giant geoduck clams.

Shrimp boats have wrapped up their seasons with close to half a million pounds of sidestripes and pink shrimp as well as for the big spots.  A lingcod fishery also wrapped up last week.

Southeast’s winter Chinook troll fishery opened on October 11.

And a 23-hundred ton herring food and bait fishery will open near Craig on the 18th.

Kodiak is chugging along on pollock which reopened in the Gulf of Alaska October 1. Cod, flats and other whitefish also are crossing the docks there and in the Bering Sea.

Nearly 90 percent of Alaska’s nearly 17 million pound halibut catch limit has been taken. Seward, Homer and Kodiak are vying for top landing ports. The halibut fishery closes on November 7.

Finally, the state Board of Fisheries heads into a marathon meeting next week with a two day work session, two days on cod issues and an open town hall meeting on Alaska hatcheries. The meetings are set for October 15-19 at the Egan Center in Anchorage. A live link is on the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game website.


                     Nov. 18-20, Seattle