Chum salmon have played a huge part in this season’s west coast salmon tally. Commercial Purse seining and gill netting for salmon continues into the end of November in Puget Sound. The price is less than expected at around 80 cents. Typically the late season Puget Sound chum fetch a higher price than the Alaskan varieties. However, this season’s Puget Sound chum salmon is nearly 40 cents less than last season’s average price. Luckily, the run was upgraded this season to 550,000 fish. All in all, it should make for a good pay-day. The average crew share should be about 6000 dollars for about 8 actual days of fishing. Good luck to all the captains and crews in this year’s fishery! Here’s a few pics from my one day season last year in the sound on the F/V Quandary.
It looks like the South Sound chum salmon return is much bigger than forecasted.
A story by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission reports that a tribal test fishery conducted near Kingston in October and November revealed the run is stronger, which is good news for all fishermen who pursue these late arriving fish.
The preseason forecast in southern Puget Sound was about 200,000 chum, but fisheries managers have updated the run size estimate to 550,000.
To view the story on the South Sound tribal chum salmon test fishery go to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commisssion website
via South Puget Sound chum salmon return is much larger than anticipated | Reel Time Fishing Northwest | The Seattle Times.
Another crab season on the Bering Sea is just around the corner. The actual forecast is about 19,000 metric tons of king crab, which is better than last year’s quota at 15,00 metric tons. This is still a small harvest for King Crab, but the price should hold. The quota for Oplio crab, also known as, Snow crab, has gone down this year by almost 30 percent. However, demand for snow crab has grown over the last few years as well, which means that the price is good. These are only preliminary estimates and the official total will be out by the end of october.
Here’s a little example of the Deadliest TwitterFeed. It appears that Elliot is not returning to the Ramblin Rose and he is shopping for a boat. Will he be on season 10? The rest of the guys are prepping the boats for the upcoming season. Check out the tweets below to catch up. Filming will begin this fall and the next season will air in the spring. Let’s hope the ice isn’t as bad as last year.
Here’s a crazy video that will give you a laugh. Norwegians! What can I say?
The news surrounding California’s salmon run has been dismal in recent history. However, this season is looking up. The price of salmon is at its highest in years and the California fleet is expecting a huge run this summer. This is a real triumph story for the fishermen of California, who have weathered a rough couple of years. Good luck to all the captains and crews, enjoy your season of June Hogs!
The 2012 California salmon season opened last weekend, and the initial reports are good and could be getting even better. That’s great news for lovers of local salmon, who have pretty much had to do without commercially caught fish since 2008. There was a limited catch last year, but this year the catch looks to be big enough that there shouldn’t be any trouble finding fish.
This season’s catch should total almost 3 million pounds, according to the California Salmon Council, an industry group. Last year, the haul was less than 1 million pounds. That seemed like a lot then, but only because the fishery had been completely closed in 2008 and 2009, and the 2010 catch was only about 250,000 pounds. For reference, the high-water mark for California salmon since 2000 was in 2004, when more than 7 million pounds were caught.
Those bad years had been the result of several factors, including water diversions from the rivers that produce the salmon, and ocean conditions that reduced the amount of krill — similar to baby shrimp — the salmon feed on.
via California salmon start their comeback – latimes.com.
Alright! Spring is finally here. It’s been a long winter in AK this year and the awesome spring weather has me in the mood for fishing. No season ever starts without a little bit of preseason work. I’ll be heading down to Seattle soon to join the rest of the gang in the preseason circus, known as Fishermen’s Terminal. Ah, I can almost here the sound of the needle gun from here. So, heres the deal. I’ve got some swag to give away this preseason. I have an awesome rain coat provided by Red Ledge, a LifeProof Case, and a iPhone Pelican Case to give away. Basically, I want photos of you guys showing us what it takes to get a boat ready for the season. The contest officially starts today 4/20 and will last one month until 5/20. All the prizes are about the same price, so the top three photos at the end of the month will win the booty! Simple! To upload your photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to http://www.yogile.com/getingear and you can upload photos there directly. Any photos uploaded thru Facebook or Twitter just need the hashtag #getingear. Magically, all the photos will also show up here in this post as they are uploaded. Alright! This is the first photo contest for JuneauTek. Let’s make it a good one.