Herring fisheries are moving up the coast to Kodiak, Cook Inlet and the Bering Sea, after the Sitka Sound herring fishery was shut down with only a quarter of the quota caught due to small fish size.
Cook Inlet fisheries management plan proving tricky to work out
The 2018 halibut season got off to a late, rocky and confusing start when the International Pacific Halibut Commission was unable to agree on catch limits for the season, leaving the U.S and Canadians to set their own limits based on the previous year’s quotas.
ADF&G has released the 2018 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon processing capacity survey summary, and to the surprise of almost no one, the 12 processors surveyed, which account for 99.4 percent of the processing capacity, have all said that they will be able to handle the expected run in the upcoming season.
The controversial Stand For Salmon ballot initiative aiming for a place on the November 2018 state-wide ballot has cleared an important hurdle by collecting the necessary number of signatures to make it in front of voters.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is holding a meeting for state-wide Dungeness crab, shrimp and other miscellaneous shellfish next week, from March 6 through 9 at the Egan Center in Anchorage.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission annual meeting ended last week with the two countries involved, the United States and Canada, unable to come to an agreement over quota cuts suggested by IPHC staff during the interim meeting in December.
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is preparing for its 237th plenary meeting beginning Monday, Feb. 5, continuing through Feb. 12.
Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche has pre-filed Senate Bill 135 that aims to create a new administrative area and reduce Upper Cook Inlet east side salmon setnet permits in that area by as much as 40 percent of 2017 levels through a buyback program.
Alaska’s congressional delegation has secured another short-lived extension to exempt smaller Alaska fishing vessels, under 79 feet, from Environmental Protection Agency incidental discharge regulations, which expired on Dec. 18, 2017. The temporary extension, which is effective only until Jan. 19, will provide fishing and small commercial vessels relief as Congress pursues a permanent exemption to a patchwork of burdensome federal and state regulations for vessel ballast water and incidental discharges.
A tax dispute between a single fishing company and the state of Alaska could have far-reaching consequences for fishing towns across the state, according to a story by KTOO Juneau public broadcasting.
Alaska fishermen had a mixed year in 2017, with prices up but product down in some crab fisheries, quota up but prices down in the halibut fishery, prices and catches up in the sablefish fishery, and most salmon fisheries seeing large catches.
Warming waters may be opening up new opportunities for fishermen in Southeast Alaska as spawning market squid have been spotted, according to the Juneau Empire.
As expected, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has voted to drop the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod quota by 80 percent, from the 2017 total allowable catch of 64,442 metric tons to a TAC of 13,096 mt.
Commercial halibut fishermen were hit with some distressing news after the International Pacific Halibut Commission held their interim meeting and staff suggested some sharp cuts to quotas for 2018, and it is likely to get worse.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is preparing for its meetings taking up Prince William Sound finfish proposals, starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 5.
The 2018 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast is for a chart-topping 51.3 million fish and a harvest of over 37 million.
The halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries closed with little fanfare Nov. 7, with only one regular commercial buyer and one private buyer in Homer accepting fish.
Kodiak and the surrounding areas got some mixed news about the bairdi Tanner crab fishery scheduled to open Jan. 15.
The Bristol Bay Times is reporting that the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is off to a slow start compared to last year, according to Miranda Westphal, shellfish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. The season opened Oct. 15 and as of Monday, just over a week into the fishery, only 1.5 million pounds had been landed. In the same time period last year, the boats hauled in 6 million pounds.
Seafoodnews.com is reporting that serious reductions are inevitable for both the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska cod quotas and the quotas will be down dramatically.