Alaska Fishing

January 7, 2022

By Laine Welch



Wow, there is a lot of fishing going on across Alaska!


Salmon is the heart of Alaska’s seafood industry but winter is when the fishing action really begins.


Hundreds of boats are out on the water on the first day of each new year, beginning a predictable rhythm for the seafood industry as millions of pounds of fish begin to cross the docks around the clock at Alaska’s working waterfronts. Here’s a sampler:


Starting January 1 boats drop pots and baited lines for cod, rockfish and other whitefish in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.


Alaska pollock, the nation’s largest food fishery, opens to trawl fishing on January 20.


A Tanner crab fishery opens on January 15 at Kodiak, Chignik and the South Peninsula with a combined catch of 1.8 million pounds. 


Tanner crab and golden king crab fisheries open in Southeast Alaska on February 11. A Tanner crab fishery also opens in Prince William Sound on March 1.


Bering Sea crabbers are fishing for Tanners and golden king crab and will start dropping pots for snow crab this month.  


Southeast divers are wrapping up a nearly 1.9 million pound sea cucumber harvest; divers also are still digging up giant geoduck clams in some regions.


Trollers are pulling up Chinook salmon in a fishery that will close on March 15. They’ve taken 6,219 winter kings so far, each valued at $122.43.


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