This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. The end of the 2013 fishing season draws near. More fisheries updates after this…
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As the end of the year approaches fishermen tie up the loose ends of what’s left in the 2013 season.
Out in the Bering Sea…
“For Bristol Bay red king crab that fishery is wrapped up and there where 63 vessels that participated. We only have provisional numbers at this point, but the CPUE was 28 and the average weight was 6.94.”
Heather Fitch is a biologist for The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dutch Harbor. The month-long season numbers add up to a nearly 49 million dollar fishery, with the advanced price on fish tickets at $6.35 per pound. The Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab season is on going and is not scheduled to close until the end of March next year.
“As of Saturday about 55 percent of the TAC was harvested and that has a CPUE 37 and there are eight vessels fishing right now.”
Fitch says that the Eastern Bering Sea Tanners is showing signs of being done by mid December. Crabbers also target golden kings along the Aleutians.
Down on the Pan Handle…
In December lots of meetings are coming up: