Fish Radio
June 3, 2014


Fishing areas of Alaska  Credit: ASMI

Fishing areas of Alaska
Credit: ASMI

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Salmon and other fisheries are opening across the state. More updates after this –

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 More salmon fisheries are opening across the state and the warm weather has fish showing up bit earlier than usual. Copper River kicked things off on May 15 with runs of reds and kings. Bristol Bay’s fishing season officially opened on June 2 and fishermen and processors are gearing up in anticipation of an early sockeye run. South Peninsula salmon fisheries start this week and Kodiak’s season gets underway a bit earlier on June 5. Southeast trollers have been out on the water for spring kings since May and seiners will begin fishing on June 15. Salmon season gets underway at Yakutat today/June 3.

 Just over one million salmon have been taken so far. The total take this season is projected at about 133 million fish, down 47% from last year’s record catch. That’s due to an off year for pink salmon – this summer’s catch of 75 million is a 67% decrease from last summer’s take of 226 million humpies.

 You can track Alaska salmon catches by region and species on a daily basis with Fish and Game’s Blue Sheet. And a weekly in-season summary charts the progression of commercial salmon harvests and compares it with the five year averages.

 Lots of fishing is going on besides salmon – the summer pollock fishery opens in the Bering Sea on the 10th; likewise, cod for hook and line catcher processors. Halibut and sablefish longliners are still out on the water, as are jig fishermen around Kodiak. In Southeast, the Dungeness crab season opens June 15 – managers will use catch and effort information from the first week of fishing to predict the total season harvest, which usually is between two to three million pounds.

A pot shrimp fishery at Prince William Sound wraps up on June 9 with a catch of nearly 67,000 pounds.

 At Norton Sound a herring bait fishery is underway. And the North Pacific Council convenes its summer meeting in Nome from June 4-9.

 You can find the salmon Blue Sheet and updates on all of Alaska’s fisheries at one stop – and on Facebook.


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