Permit prices statewide are starting to shake out, or rather, shake down. Our lowest asking price for an Area M drift permit is now $135,000. Bristol Bay drift prices start at $140,000, with a current offer of $131,000. Southeast drift prices start at $55,000. We have a new offer of $20,000 for a Kodiak seine permit, although that's well below the lowest asking price of $38,000.
The Southeast commercial red king crab and blue king crab fishery will be closed for the 2023/2024 season due to low stock assessments, but biologists are optimistic for the 2024/2025 season.
Here's a great roundup of salmon season stats, which detail an impressive harvest far above forecast, even farther above last year's harvest thanks to the odd year pink run and a strong chum return, and even above the last odd-year statewide harvest.
Click here for ASMI's Weekly Salmon Harvest Update through September 2.
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