Trawl fishing nets                                        Credit: NOAA

As some Alaska fisheries wind down for the year, others are still going strong.

In Southeast, a fishery opened on November 8 for seven different kinds of rockfish.

About 170 divers are still going down for more than 1.7 million pounds of sea cucumbers, and more than 700,000 pounds of giant geoduck clams.

The Dungeness fishery is ongoing and Southeast’s golden king crab fishery ends district wide on November 13.

Trollers are out on the water targeting winter king salmon.

Kodiak’s sea cucumber fishery closed last week after just a few weeks. About 20 divers competed for a cuke catch of 140,000 pounds.

Pollock closed to trawlers in both the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska on November 1.

Ditto for cod except for longline, jig and pot gear. Boats also are still fishing for lots of other species of whitefish.

Fishing for just over four million pounds of red king crab at Bristol Bay is close to wrapping up; likewise,  the take of 2.4 million pounds of Tanners also is going fast. No landings are reported yet for snow crab.

Fishing for halibut and sablefish closed on November 7.  For halibut, 95 percent of the nearly 20 million pound catch limit was taken; for sablefish 79 percent of the 26 million pound quota was taken.

Homer regained its title as Alaska’s top port for halibut landings, followed closely by Seward and Kodiak. For sablefish, Seward led all ports for landings, followed by Sitka and Kodiak.

The industry will get its first look at potential halibut catches for next year at the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting set for Nov. 27-28 in Seattle. You can link to the halibut meetings live.

Likewise, the state Board of Fisheries meets in Dillingham from November 28-December 3 to take up 47 proposals for commercial, sports and subsistence fishery issues. You can also link to those meetings live.


                           Nov. 18-20, Seattle