January 21, 2014
The value of Alaska salmon permits are soaring in many fisheries. At Bristol Bay, drift gillnet permits are being offered for $140,000, compared to $90,000 at the same time last year.
A scan of listings by four brokers shows that Prince William Sound seine cards are more than $200,000; they were about $140,000 a year ago. Sound driftnet permits also are selling at more than $200,000.
Cook Inlet drift permits are being offered at $85,000 or higher, which is $10,000 more than a year ago. Cook Inlet seine cards are listed for $65,000, and setnets at $16,000.
Southeast Alaska seine permits are the priciest at $320,000, up from $250,000 last January. Kodiak seine values continued an upward creep to $50,000, compared to $36,000 on average.
Chignik permits are listed around $225,000.
At Area M on the Alaska Peninsula, drift cards were $90,000 and seine cards $65,000, which is down slightly.