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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kodiak earn distinction as top halibut port this season
Homer News – November 9, 2016
Alaska’s halibut season wrapped up Monday with continued strong prices and 97 percent of the statewide quota of 17.51 million pounds caught by the commercial fleet.

Alaska Red King Crab Fishery Done at Record Prices, Boats Moving to Pot Cod

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – November 10, 2016
A very quick red king crab fishery has wrapped up last week in Alaska, with 98% of the rationalized quota of 7.6 million pounds landed.  This compares to 8.9 million pounds last year.

Harvesters caught the crab faster, with CPUE or per pot haul at 37.4 crabs vs. 32 crabs last year.

Jake Jacobsen, executive director of ICE – the crab  harvesters association – said fishermen are seeing “the most crab they’ve seen in years.”

“There seems to be a disconnect between the summer survey and what’s actually on the grounds.”

Some boats are even seeing hauls of 60 to 70 king crab per pot, which has left some harvesters wondering why they were not given higher quotas.

Jacobsen also said fishermen have seen abundant female and undersized crab, which bodes well for next year.

Prices should be at record levels.

Meanwhile, Jim Paulin from the Bristol Bay Times reports that many boats are going directly to pot cod.  NMFS says they have seen a “very unusual” amount of boats planning to go directly to pot cod after finishing their king crab quotas.

Urner Barry began quoting new season Alaska red king crab this week, as there are enough sales in the market to establish a quote.  Alaskan 14-17 king crab legs are quoted at $20.15, up 19% from the $16.90 quoted last November.

Monitoring, Charter Issues on NPFMC Agenda
Fishermen’s News – November 9, 2016
Final action is scheduled at December’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting on electronic monitoring integration and the charter halibut recreational quota entry program.



Russia’s Fish Catch Increasing but Still Constraints to Sustainable Development
The Fish Site – November 10, 2016
RUSSIA – In 2015, Russia’s fisheries catches increased from the previous year by more than four per cent to 4.41 MMT.


SeaShare donates 170,000 salmon servings
Cordova Times – November 4, 2016
SeaShare, the Washington State non-profit dedicated to bringing seafood to food banks, has donated 170,000 servings of salmon to food banks in Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Huge Puffin Die-Off May Be Linked to Hotter Seas
National Geographic by Craig Welch – November 10, 2016
Hundreds of birds are washing up dead in the Bering Sea, causing alarm among scientists. It may be linked to climate change.

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November 10, 2016