Archives for October 2013

13 AK ports make Top 50 list; Report includes species, fish prices

Fish Radio
November 1, 2013                                                                                                                    

Akutan, AK

Akutan, AK

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Dutch Harbor does it again. More on top US ports, species and prices 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

 For the 16th year in a row, Dutch Harbor ranked as the nation’s top fishing port with 752 million pounds crossing those docks last year. That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report by NOAA Fisheries.   The number two port for landings again was Empire-Venice, Louisiana.  The Aleutian Islands jumped to third place, led by Akutan deliveries, and bumped Kodiak to number four.  In all, 13 Alaska ports made the Top 50 list.

 For value, New Bedford, Mass. retained the lead for the 13th year in a row, thanks to pricey scallops; Dutch ranked second, followed by Kodiak and the Aleutians.

 In all, US  seafood landings were 9.6 billion pounds  valued at $5.1 billion, down   2.2 percent and    3.2 percent  respectively.                                                                                                                         

Akutan Village, AK

Akutan Village, AK

 Alaska topped all other states for total landings at 5.3 billion pounds and for overall value at $1.7 billion. In all, Alaska provided 55.5% of all seafood landed in the US last year.

 The top  five fish species landed by volume were pollock, menhaden, cod, flatfish and salmon.

For value, the “crabs” category ranked first followed by scallops shrimp, salmon and lobster.  Pollock and cod were 6th and 7th for value.   Overall, fish accounted for 86 percent of the total US landings, but only 47 percent  of the value.

 Shellfish prices dropped  by  3 percent while  industrial products, such as oils and feeds increased by 14  percent. Dockside prices  increased for 18 out of 32 species groups being tracked and decreased for 14 species.   The skipjack tuna  price index had the largest gain, up 112 percent,  while  sockeye salmon   showed the largest decrease at 17 percent.

 The average dock price paid to fishermen in 2012 was 53 cents per pound compared to 54 cents the previous year.

 Finally, Americans ate less seafood last year with at 14.4 pounds per person, compared to 15 pounds in 2011.

 The US Fisheries report also includes recreational fishing data.    

Check out the line up at Pacific Marine Expo– new mid-week dates: November 20-22 in Seattle. www.pacificmarineexpo.com

 Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.  Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com

Scary sea stories for Halloween

Fish Radio
 October 31, 2013                

  This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini — These scary sea stories will haunt you for life. More after this –                              

Halloween fish

Halloween fish

 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

 Once again it’s Halloween. Kodiak fishermen shared some of their real life scary stories with Fish Radio.=

  • In 1989 I was out on the Marmot W out towards Portlock and it was the middle of the night.  We were hauling gear at about 2 or 3 in the morning, and we wanted to let the gear soak. While I was napping I had a dream – I was in a bar and encountered an attractive woman and she turned into a sea hag. I ended up with my foot on her face and I was pulling her on both ears and they were stretching in my hands all the way past my head, and she was cackling at me.  I woke up from that dream and a short time later I sunk my boat in the same place.
  • We were offloaded and we went back out late at night. We were hauling gear and the next thing, I looked up and a pot broke  over the starboard side and I thought, either run for cover or grab onto the pot – and I did the old death grip on the pot, and a wave broke over and hit my shoulder and I just held on for dear life. I looked around and there were my friends – they were like bowling pins on the deck. I told my skipper, that’s enough, time to head in.
  • I had a great guy working for me and I wake up with his nose about three inches from my face yelling at the top of his lung that we’re sinking! We’re sinking! I looked out the window and everything was great and I realized the guy was asleep. He did it to me three times. That was scary!
  • I flipped my skiff over on Alitak beach and it landed right on top of me. I was trapped underneath it for at least a minute. I was angled from bow to sternn I managed to slip through even though the boat was bouncing around a lot.
  • I had a line slip around my neck one time as we were throwing the gear overboard. That was scary. I was quicker than the line, but I lost my hat. It took my hat instead of my head so I was pretty lucky on that one.

 Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween. 

 Check out the line up at Pacific Marine Expo– new mid-week dates: November 20-22 in Seattle. www.pacificmarineexpo.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.  Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com