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Alaska fish prices for 50 species by region, 2011

Fish Radio
November 30, 2012

 Fish prices for 50 species by region, 2011

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – What fetches the highest and lowest fish prices in Alaska? I’ll tell you more after this —

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 The first thing fishermen want to know is the base price for their fish, but sometimes it can be tough to come by.   There is a place to find out how fish prices are tracking. The state Dept. of Revenue’s Tax Division compiles prices for every kind of fish and shellfish caught by Alaska fishermen by region. The prices are not in-season; they show a snapshot of the previous year.  

 Here’s a sampler from 50 species caught in 2011, not including salmon — Alaska halibut went from a low of $6.37 a pound in the Bering Sea, to a high of $6.96 in the Ketchikan/Craig area.  The Highest price for sablefish was $8.28 at Petersburg/Wrangell to a low of $7.40 at Kodiak.  Octopus fetched 63 cents at Kodiak  and 7 cents a pound for squid. … Gray cod got the lowest price at just 11-cents a pound at Petersburg/Wrangell to a high of 58-cents at Juneau/Yakutat. 

 Lingcod went for a low of 41 cents at Kodiak up to $1.98 at Sitka/Pelican. That’s a 97-cent increase from the previous year … Alaska pollock averaged 17 cents at Dutch and Kodiak … Of the  13 different types of rockfish listed, yellow eye, or red snapper, paid fishermen the most at $1.60 per pound at Sitka/Pelican. The low was a nickel for northern rockfish in the Bering Sea. Big skates fetched 44 cents at Kodiak …Sea cucumbers paid $6.21 at Ketchikan/Craig, up nearly $4 a pound.  … For crab – Kodiak paid the most for Dungeness at $2.39; it was $2.24 at Petersburg/Wrangell. Kodiak also paid the most for Tanner crab at $3.04. Snow crab at Dutch Harbor averaged and $2.71 for snow crab, up from 1.34

 The priciest Alaska seafood in 2011?   Bristol Bay red king crab price at  a whopping $10.80 a pound, a 30% increase.    Geoduck clams were next at $10.43 at Ketchikan up nearly $4. 

The lowest valued Alaska species were rex sole and sculpin both fetching 2 pennies per pound.

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Chinook salmon get big research budget boost

Fish Radio
November 29, 2012

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A big budget boost for Chinook salmon studies. More after this …

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 The state is ramping up research on Alaska’s disappearing king salmon with a $30 million, five year initiative. That follows disaster declarations in September by the federal government for the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Kenai Rivers.  Estimates peg direct losses to commercial fishermen at almost $17 million due to fishing closures to protect king salmon – that doesn’t include losses to sport fishing and support sectors. In a visit last week to Kenai, Governor Parnell said the first $10 million from the state is included in the upcoming budget, adding to the nearly $15 million Fish and Game already allots to Chinook related research and management.   Governor Parnell –  

 Cut: There are no easy answers to the fish dilemmas we have. Sometimes there are simplistic answers given, but there are no simple answers, and we are all in it together.

 No one is sure why Chinook returns are on a downward spiral. Most scientists point to ocean factors where the fish spend about four years before returning to home streams to breed. A two day symposium this fall in Anchorage drew more than 400 researchers and stakeholders to help identify knowledge gaps and devise a statewide  research plan.  It will include 12 indicator river systems and study  adult and juvenile kings,  genetics, biometrics, and local and traditional knowledge. The plan also calls for more studies of smolt in nearshore ocean waters.

Governor Parnell pledged to work closely with fishing stakeholders and the Alaska legislature to support the Chinook salmon research initiative.

 Cut:  I will work with everyone of you and every group imaginable to work together to solve these issues and make sure we have a sustainable fishery.

 Parnell called Chinook salmon “a cornerstone of Alaska’s culture and livelihood.”

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