Permits & State Fisheries

February 1, 2024

Permit interest remains steady this week. Cook Inlet set net permits jumped from $12,000 last week to $14,000 this week. Power troll permits increased slightly from $19,500 last week to $20,000 this week. Interest in Bristol Bay drift permits remains steady in the $130,000-$135,0000 range, with lease prices just starting to shake out: we have an offer of $12,000 and a new listing at $19,500. 

In fisheries news, the Southeast Tanner and golden king crab season opens February 17, with much higher harvest levels than last year.

Final reminder: the comment deadline for Upper Cook Inlet finfish Board of Fish meeting is February 8, and there are some weighty proposals up for deliberation. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu, so submit those comments, show up to testify, and make sure you have a say in the management of your fisheries. One of the items up for discussion is federal management of salmon in Cook Inlet's EEZ, where NMFS has put forward a plan that seems to make absolutely nobody happy. But hey, if everyone's losing, then at least nobody's winning, right? RIGHT?? 🥴
In case you missed it, here's the summary of January's Kodiak Board of Fish meeting.