Thursday, June 28, 2012

Move over salmon, here come the king crab!

This time of year, salmon really begins to dominate the Alaska commercial fisheries waterfront.

But that doesn't mean we don't have other action going on.

Case in point: The Norton Sound red king crab summer fishery opens at noon tomorrow.

The quota is 465,450 pounds, with 430,540 pounds allocated to the open access fishery and 34,910 pounds reserved for the Community Development Quota fishery.

Last year's harvest totaled 400,840 pounds. The average price was $5.23 per pound, the highest ever, producing a record fishery value of just over $2 million, the Department of Fish and Game says.

We could see a new record this season as the major buyer, Norton Sound Seafood Products, has announced price increases. Find more details here.


Anonymous said...

"Move over salmon,...." - this blogger from Norton Sound wishes there were salmon returning to the rivers in abundant numbers once again like there use to be back in the 70's and early 80's.

The Norton Sound king crab fishery is heavily subsidized by the CDQ program, NSEDC. They have to give the crab fishers a high price for their catch otherwise the fishers won't be able to pay back on their loans NSEDC gave them to fish in the first place.

I'm Myth Busting the misrepresentation of facts thrown out there to the public by the buddies in F&G! F&G tooting NSEDC's horn for free??????????

Anonymous said...

Get a life Tim.

Tim Smith said...

I know it is hard to believe but I am not the only one commenting about Norton Sound fisheries issues.

It is encouraging that there are other people who are able to think for themselves and not bought and paid for pollock provides asslickers.

Do you get paid by the word for heckling from the peanut gallery on Wes's blog or by the day?