Friday, December 15, 2017

Here's your Sitka herring forecast

The Department of Fish and Game just posted a quota of 11,128 tons for next year's Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Purse seiners this year took 13,883 tons on a quota of 14,649 tons.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Plenty of Togiak herring, again

The state says 24,042 tons will be available for harvest in next year's Togiak sac roe herring fishery.

More details in this forecast.

Last season produced a harvest of 17,403 tons on a quota of 22,943 tons.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cod trouble

As expected and feared, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has slashed the quota for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska.

The total allowable catch for Gulf cod in 2018 is 13,096 metric tons, down 80 percent from this year's 64,442 tons.

The council is meeting through the weekend in Anchorage. Its quota recommendations are subject to U.S. commerce secretary approval.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cantwell seeks pollution law relief for fish boats

Read about it here.

Another big Bristol Bay projection

The University of Washington is forecasting a harvest of 33.5 million sockeye next year in Bristol Bay.

That compares to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast of 37.6 million.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Poor outlook for Stikine, Taku rivers

The Department of Fish and Game says it's very unlikely any directed Chinook salmon fisheries will occur in 2018.