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February 4, 2021

 
February 4, 2021
 

86 M.D. Phares Research Vessel

New listing! 86 x 22 M.D. Phares. CAT D-353-TA 375 hp diesel with 329 hours on 2020 in-frame overhaul by NC Machinery, including turbocharger. Twin Disc gear. Steel helipad. Deck crane w/ Rotzler winch. Articulating davit w/ Marco pinch puller. Twenty berths in seven staterooms.  More...
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Permits & State Fisheries

The regulations for the 2021 charter halibut season were announced Friday. Alaska Charter Association sums it up: 2C gets a one-fish bag limit less than or equal to 50" or greater than or equal to 72"; 3A gets a two-fish bag limit of one fish of any size and one less than or equal to 32", and Wednesday closures. 3A charter permits are in demand - a 5-angler sold recently at $51,500, and the highest offer for a 6-angler is currently $55,000.

PWS sablefish permits are garnering interest as well, with the spring fishery quickly approaching. The season runs April 15 - August 31, and permits must be registered with ADFG by no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 1st. Check out the 2021 PWS and CI Groundfish Outlook to find out more.

Fisheries managers are predicting a large run for PWS pinks, amounting to 27.5% higher than the 10-year average. In less positive news, the 2021 Copper River sockeye forecasted run is down 37.4% from the 10-year average.

Featured listings:

  • Alaska hand troll - $9,000
  • Alaska power troll - $26,000
  • Alaska power troll EMT - $4,500
  • Area M drift - $185,000
  • Area M seine - $170,000
  • Area M setnet - $50,000
  • Area M setnet package - $120,000
  • Bristol Bay drift - $180,000
  • Bristol Bay drift EMT - $30,000
  • Cook Inlet drift - $20,000
  • Kodiak beach seine - $8,000 
  • Kodiak seine - $40,000
  • Kodiak setnet - $70,000
  • PWS drift - $125,000
  • PWS drift EMT - $15,000
  • PWS seine - $155,000
  • PWS sablefish to 50' - $40,000
  • Southeast drift - $67,000
Featured sales:
  • Bristol Bay drift @ $175,000
  • Bristol Bay drift @ $173,500
  • Bristol Bay drift EMT @ $27,000
  • Bristol Bay drift EMT @ $25,500
  • Bristol Bay drift EMT @ $25,500
  • Charter halibut 3A 5-Angler @ $51,500
  • Cook Inlet setnet @ $15,500
  • Southeast drift @ $55,000
Featured offers:
  • 3A 6-angler - $55,000
  • Alaska hand troll - $7,500
  • Alaska power troll - $25,000
  • Area M drift - $140,000
  • Area M drift EMT - $15,000
  • Area M setnet - $45,000
  • Bristol Bay drift - $177,000
  • Bristol Bay drift EMT - $25,000
  • Bristol Bay setnet - $53,000
  • Cook Inlet drift - $16,000
  • Cook Inlet setnet - $14,500
  • Cook Inlet dungeness - $4,500
  • PWS drift - $105,000
  • PWS sablefish to 35' - $27,500
  • PWS sablefish to 50' - $30,000
  • PWS seine - $140,000
  • SE drift - $55,000
  • SE dungeness 150 pot - $34,000
  • Southern SE herring pound - $24,500
  • Yakutat setnet - $12,000
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IFQs & Federal Fisheries

The annual IPHC meeting wrapped up last week, increasing the TAC almost across the board and setting season dates of March 6 - December 7. Stakeholders requested the IPHC look into switching to a year-long season and research the potential effects of removing and/or reducing the current 32" minimum size limit. As expected, halibut quota sales have already started picking up speed, with much of the activity centered on area 3A, which saw a 27% increase in TAC.

UniSea has reopened its Unalaska processing plant after COVID forced it to shut down for the month of January. [Audible sigh of relief from Bering Sea fishermen.]

With the season just a month out, it's a good time to renew your FFP (in your eFish account) and landing cards (on CFEC's website). If you're planning on fishing pots and haven't submitted your application for tags yet, now's a good time to do that, too!

All pounds and prices noted below are now on 2021 TAC unless otherwise noted:

Featured listings: 

  • 3ACB 2,200 lbs - $42.00
  • 3BCB 1,800 lbs - $25.00
  • AIBU 80,000 lbs - $2.50
  • CGAU 10,000 lbs - $21.00
  • CGCB 11,500 lbs - $10.00
  • SECU 10,000 lbs - $16.00
  • WGAB 9,200 lbs - $16.00
  • WYCB 5,000 lbs - $16.00
Featured sales:
  • 3ABU 2,500 lbs @ $43.00 on 2020 TAC
  • 3ABU 1,000 lbs @ $44.00 on 2020 TAC
  • 3ACB 2,350 lbs @ $39.00
  • 3ACB 1,900 lbs @ $40.00
  • CGBB 12,000 lbs @ $12.00
  • CGBU 15,000 lbs @ $15.00 on 2020 TAC
  • CGCU 30,000 lbs @ $10.00
  • SEAB 4,500 lbs SOLD, asking $21
  • WYAB 2,500 lbs SOLD, asking $21
Featured offers:
  • 2CCB - $42.00
  • 3ABU - $40.00
  • 3ACB - $33.00 (up to 1,160 lbs)
  • 3ACB - $36.00 (4,000-5,000 lbs)
  • 3ACB - $38.00 (buyer looking for seller financing for up to 1,800 lbs)
  • 4ABU - $11.50
  • 4DC   - $10.00
  • BSCB - $1.25 
  • CGCU - $10.00
  • WYCB - $12.00
 
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What Else?

Fish Factor covers the results of the IPHC meetings, Kodiak's first oyster crop, and the postponement of the Board of Fish meetings for PWS, Southeast, and statewide shellfish. 

Southeast Alaska's 2020-21 dungie harvest is the 2nd largest on record with a combined summer and fall catch of 6.68 million pounds worth $11.49 million.

Alaska Fish Radio reports retail seafood sales skyrocketed in 2020, due largely to COVID-19. Notably, U.S. frozen seafood sales rose by 35% and shelf-stable products rose by 20.3%, while fresh sales only rose by 4.5%. Online seafood sales tripled.

The Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association is accepting applications for their Crew Training Program through March 1st. 

 

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