Permits & State Fisheries

December 22, 2023

Bristol Bay drift permits popped back up above $130,000 this week with a sale at $131,000, up from last week's sale at $128,000 (but down from the week prior at $132,000). Our highest current offer is now $115,000. Cook Inlet permits continued to move at $25,000 this week; our highest posted offer is $20,000. We have a new offer of $7,000 for an Alaska hand troll permit, on par with last week's sale. Many permit sellers reduced their asking prices this week, be sure to check out updates below.

ADFG forecast announcements: 

  • The 2024 Togiak herring forecast is 216,037 short tons with a potential harvest of 43,207 short tons in all fisheries. This is the fifth highest forecast since 1993. Last year, despite a large forecast, the fishery did not open once due to lack of market interest.
  • The 2024 Southeast Chinook salmon forecasts predict a run of 2,850 fish at Chilkat, which is within the escapement range; 1,800 fish to the Unuk, which is at the lower threshold of the escapement range; and 17,300 fish to the Taku which is below the escapement range. There are no forecasts for the Stikine or Stiuk rivers.
  • The 2024 Kodiak salmon forecast expects a "weak" pink harvest of 8.8 million fish including hatchery fish, and a "strong" sockeye harvest of 2.981 million fish. 
  • The 2024 Chignik and Area M forecast expects a "strong" Chignik sockeye harvest of 1.582 million fish, and an "average" pink harvest at South Alaska Peninsula of 5.3 million fish.
ADFG fishery announcements: 
HEADS UP KODIAK FISHERMEN: Comments are due December 26 for the upcoming Kodiak Board of Fish which will be held January 9-12 in Kodiak.