Salmon haul
Credit: ADFG

 

Good pink salmon catches at Kodiak, Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet contributed the bulk of the nearly 10 million pinks taken over the last week. That’s pushed Alaska’s total salmon catch over the 90 million mark.  That’s about 65% of the 132 million salmon target for 2020.

In other fisheries – Southeast’s summer Dungeness crab fishery will close August 15 after a two month opener. A few million pounds should come out of that fishery. A second opener for shrimp has beam trawlers back out on the water. A lingcod fishery is ongoing in parts of Southeast and Prince William Sound.

Coming up in the Sound is a 15,000 pound test fishery for golden king crab that will start September 1 and run through October.

A golden king crab fishery opened on August 1 in the Bering Sea with a 6.6 million pound quota.

Crabbers at Kodiak are still pulling up Dungeness landing more than 1.4 million pounds so far. Kodiak boats also are targeting black rockfish. A fall cod fishery opens in the Gulf on August 25 and reopens September 1 for pot boats in the Bering Sea.

Fisheries also are still underway for Alaska pollock, flatfish, scallops and much more.

Alaska halibut catches are over the halfway mark, topping 8 million pounds. Homer, Seward and Sitka are the leading ports for deliveries. For sablefish, or black cod, more than 12 million pounds have crossed the docks out of a 31.7 million pound quota.

Finally – tomorrow, August 14, is the last chance to comment to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game on the draft payout plans for the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash and the Chignik sockeye salmon run failure.

You can also weigh in on Pebble Mine’s water quality permit (dec-401cert@alaska.gov), if and how the Board of Fish should hold its upcoming meetings  (www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov ), and the new Board of Fish nominees (housefisheries@akleg.gov).

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