Alaska Fisheries Report — Sept. 19, 2019



Let’s start with some good news…two years ago the Southeast Dungeness Crabs season closed early. This year, crab, crab, crab. At four million pounds and nearly $13 million, the 2019 Dungie season could end up being the highest harvest in a decade.

Oh, but it’s not all good news for Southeast crabbers… For the second year in a row, there will be no red king crab fishery. Too few crab based on surveys in the region.

Researchers in the Bering Sea say this year’s chinook salmon numbers are taking a dive. However, it could be that warm water temps are forcing the king salmon farther north so they aren’t showing up in the trawl survey.

And finally, for you foodies out there, the 27th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood is set for November’s Pacific Marine Expo. -Remember those pollock noodles we heard about earlier this year? They won last year’s Symphony of Seafood.

We had help from Joe Viechnicki and Angela Denning from KFSK in Petersburg. Davis Hovey at KNOM in Nome. And Laine Welch at Alaska Fish Radio.




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