Thursday, October 6, 2016

Severe cut for Bering Sea snow crab

The Bering Sea snow crab quota for the season opening Oct. 15 is just under 21.6 million pounds.

That's down 47 percent from last season's limit of 40.6 million pounds.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bad news for bairdi

The Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab fishery will not open this season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today.

That's a significant blow to the Alaska seafood industry. Last season, the fleet had a catch quota of nearly 20 million pounds of bairdi.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Plenty of herring expected again at Togiak

Here's the Togiak herring forecast for 2017. It shows a quota of 22,943 tons for the sac roe fishery.

Last season, the industry took more than 15,000 tons of herring at Togiak, but that was far short of the 28,782-ton quota.

Bristol Bay red king crab quota cut substantially

The Bristol Bay red king crab quota for the 2016-17 season is just under 8.5 million pounds, a 15 percent reduction from last season.

The fishery opens at noon Oct. 15.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Troopers help injured troller deliver his catch

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Public assist
On 9/21/16 Peter Krovina, 67, of Sitka, suffered a severe hand injury while commercial trolling for coho salmon near Cape Edgecumbe west of Sitka. Krovina, who was fishing alone, was able to render first aid for his injury and return to port. His injury required transportation out of Sitka for treatment. Because Krovina was unavailable during the offload, wildlife troopers assisted by facilitating the delivery of his commercial catch at a processor.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cordova hatchery chief charged

State prosecutors have filed criminal charges against David Reggiani, general manager of Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp., and two others in connection with a fuel oil spill in 2013 at the Cannery Creek Hatchery.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bristol Bay in review

Here's the 2016 Bristol Bay salmon season summary from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The sockeye harvest was an impressive 37.3 million fish.

Average ex-vessel price was 76 cents per pound for a total sockeye fishery value of $153.2 million.

That's a big jump from the $92.4 million tallied in 2015.