Archives for February 2013

Who fishes for what and where in Alaska

Fish Radio
March 1, 2013

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Who fishes where in Alaska? I’ll tell you more after this –

 Who fishes Where in Alaska

 Federal grants are available to help “Made in America” companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more at www.nwtaac.org.

 Alaska Seafood U  is the new school of fish! The online training tool offers Alaska seafood training for employees of retail groceries and restaurants. Learn more at www.alaskaseafood.org

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Many people are surprised to learn that 80 percent of Alaska’s seafood landings come from federal waters, meaning from three to 200 miles offshore. Management falls to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and they’ve compiled a user friendly booklet profiling the fishing fleets through 2010, with an addendum for 2011 that includes names of every boat. Hundreds of other vessels fish for salmon, herring and crab in state waters, which are not included in the profile.

Some highlights for 2011:  81 trawl boats and 16 catcher processors fish in the Bering Sea; 98 trawlers fish in the Central and Western Gulf. There are 67  groundfish longline vessels, 137  pot boats, and 118  vessels in the jig fleet. Seventy seven boats make up the Bering Sea/Aleutians crab fleet, four scallopers and a combined 1,457 boats fish for halibut and sablefish. The largest fleet is the charter halibut boats at 1,090 vessels.   

While most people imagine huge vessels in the federal fisheries, 80 percent are less than 60 feet. By far, most of the boats were built in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Most of the catch in 2010 – 54% – was pollock, followed by flatfishes at 18% and cod at 15%.  Halibut and sablefish were just one percent of the total catch; shellfish at 2 percent. 

 As to where the fleets call home – most of the large catcher processors report Seattle as their homeport, while most of the catcher boats hail from Alaska. Major ports for groundfish are Kodiak, Homer and Sand Point. For halibut and sablefish, homeports are Homer, Kodiak, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka. … The 72-page Fishing Fleet Profiles can be downloaded.  Find a link at Fish Radio on Facebook.

 http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/resources/FleetProfiles412.pdf

 http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/resources/FleetProfilesAdd1112.pdf

 Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture.  www.oceanbeauty.com    In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

Alaska salmon wholesale prices, Sept – Dec 2012

Fish Radio
February 28, 2013

Salmon wholesale prices, Sept. – Dec 2012

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska salmon prices at wholesale show some big gains. More after this –

Federal grants are available to help “Made in America” companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more at www.nwtaac.org.

Find out who’s catching all that seafood and their favorite recipes at a new micro site from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute – find it at www.wildalaskaflavor.com

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Much of Alaska’s salmon pack gets sold long after fishermen hang up their nets. The state Department of Revenue’s Tax Division tracks sales throughout the year by region for canned, frozen and fresh fish and salmon roe. Sales from September through December of 2012 show big gains for some products compared to the year before. Canned sockeye salmon, for example, wholesaled for more than $193 per case of talls in 2012, an increase of over $12 from 2011. For canned pinks, a case of talls topped $103 last year, up more than $15. ….

Roe prices really surged for all salmon, especially for the most popular species: pinks and chums. For pink salmon, over 5.5 million pounds of roe fetched nearly $12 per pound, compared to about $8.50 in 2011. For chums, over 3.2 million pounds was sold from September through December at $18.76 a pound, an increase of $5 dollars a pound.

Most of Alaska’s salmon is sold headed and gutted, frozen. Those prices decreased across the board. Sales show that Alaska processors are really ramping up fillet production – notably for sockeye salmon. In 2011 just over 7 million pounds of sockeye fillets were sold in the last months of the year, valued at nearly $42 million. In 2012, fillets totaled nearly 9 million pounds valued at over $51 million. For Bristol Bay, the world’s largest sockeye salmon producer, fillet sales reached $15.5 million from September thru December; double the value of the same time in 2011.

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http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/documentviewer/viewer.aspx?808r

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture. www.oceanbeauty.com     In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.