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AK halibut, black cod prices show big increases

Sablefish/Black Cod Credit:  adf&g

Sablefish/Black Cod
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Halibut, sablefish prices increase

May 1, 2014                                                                                                               

Halibut, sablefish prices increase

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Big price increases for halibut and black cod –

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 Halibut prices are up by more than a dollar a pound compared to the same time last year. Fresh fish have been moving smoothly and demand is steady, said one major buyer at Kodiak. Dock prices at Kodiak were reported at $6 for ten to 20 pounders, $6.25 for halibut at 20 to 40 pounds, and $6.50 for 40 ups.

 The high prices could be due to less fish crossing the docks. Just over 3.5 million pounds has been landed statewide since the halibut fishery opened March 8.

 That was the call at Homer where halibut prices have yet to drop below six bucks a pound. The most recent prices there were at $6.50 to $7.00 for very small loads.

 Halibut dock prices also had not dropped below six bucks a pound at Southeast Alaska. After reaching a high of $6.75 at Easter, recent Panhandle prices are $6.60 – $6.40 and $6.10. The fresh fish is being flown out and distributed in small lots to markets all over the US. Southeast is reporting strong halibut catches and lots of nice fish.

Alaska’s total halibut catch this year is close to 16 million pounds.

 Likewise, sablefish, or black cod, prices also have increased nicely from last year, when holdovers in freezers pushed down prices by 40% to the $5 to $3 per pound range, depending on size.

The cupboards are bare this year and demand is strong, say processors.   Black cod is usually priced in five weights – at Kodiak  the break out was $6.75 – $5.75 – $5.00 -$4.50 and $4.00 for fish under three pounds.  

 Homer black cod prices were running between $4 and $7 a pound and big loads were set to be coming into Seward. At Southeast, black cod prices were reported at $5.30 to $7 a pound at the docks. Alaska’s sablefish catch this year is about 24 million pounds.


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Togiak herring is open!

 Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Togiak herring fishing

Togiak Herring opening announcement

 This is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Dillingham with an announcement regarding the Togiak herring fishery.

Department staff flew an aerial survey of the Togiak District today and were able to document threshold biomass. Herring were observed primarily along Cape Constantine and in Kulukak Bay on the east side of the district, and in Togiak Bay on the west side of the district. There was no spawn observed.

Commercial fishing with gillnets will open in the Egg Island Section and the area from longitude 159º 55.00’ west longitude to a line extending perpendicular from shore at 58º 50.50’ north latitude. This is approximately from Right hand Point to the point just south of the small mud bay in Nunavachak Bay from 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27 until further notice. Participants are reminded that Metervik Bay is closed by regulation.

Commercial fishing with purse seines will be allowed for 76 hours from 6:00 p.m., April 27, until 10:00 p.m., April 30. The open area will be from Togiak Reef at 160º 30.10’ west longitude to the longitude of Cape Newenham at 162º 10.50’ west longitude and in the area from a line perpendicular to the shore at 58º 50.50’ north latitude to the longitude of Anchor Point at 160º 19.70’ west longitude. Participants are reminded that Ungalikthluk Bay is closed by regulation.

Fishermen are reminded that there has been no test fishing done at this point. Prior to setting a full complement of gear please test to ensure that marketable herring are available for harvest.

Informational updates are available by calling our recorded message line at (907) 842-5226.

This has been the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham.

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