One click will take you to a site that can tell you all you need to know about prices and landings for nearly every Alaska fish species by region, how much was processed and into what products, and what processors sold it for.
It’s called the Commercial Fisheries Statistics and Data page on the Department of Fish and Game website and it extends back to the early 1980s.
For salmon, charts and graphs show historical harvest rankings by the number of fish, the poundages and average prices for each species by Alaska region.
It shows that at Cook Inlet, for example, the highest sockeye price was $2.54 a pound paid out in 1988. Kodiak’s best sockeye price to fishermen was $1.83 paid in 2014. Bristol Bay’s lowest sockeye price was 42 cents a pound paid in 2001.
Click on herring and you’ll see that for Southeast Alaska’s sac roe fishery, the average price in 2017 was 38 cents a pound and 51 cents for food and bait herring.
The shellfish data includes octopus, shrimp and all crab taken in state waters.
It also covers aquatic farming and shows that through 2017, 35 farms in Alaska were producing shellfish and sold nearly 2 million oysters in 2017. The first harvest of seaweeds that year totaled nearly 17,000 pounds.
The dive fisheries are included, as are harvests of lingcod, pollock, cod, rockfish and other groundfish taken from state waters, meaning out to three miles from shore.
Data from Alaska processors are compiled in Commercial Operator’s Annual Reports (COAR) and show how much fish was processed and into what forms, plus the wholesale poundages and values by species and area and going back to 1984.
For Southeast sea cucumbers, for example, processors purchased 1.3 million pounds in 2017 and sold them for nearly $12 million dollars. At the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 17 million pounds of cod were processed in 2017 valued at nearly $27 million to local processors.
There’s even data on the state’s Mark, Tag and Age Laboratory showing age data by species as well as archived otolith findings.
Find the commercial fisheries info at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website under fishing.