National Fisherman


Alaska salmon permits in many fisheries have tripled in value since 2002, and the upward trend continues.

An overview of April listings by four brokers shows that Bristol Bay driftnet permits are valued at nearly $134,000 by the state, and listed for sale at $150,000 to $170,000. That compares to $90,000 this past January.

At Southeast Alaska, seine permits are the priciest in the state at over $300,000. That's an increase of $50,000 since January.

The asking price for Prince William Sound seine cards exceeds $200,000 compared to the $140,000 range a year ago. After being stalled in the mid $30,000 range for years, Kodiak seine permits are showing a steady uptick, now listing at $55,000 to over $80,000.

Looking at Individual Fishing Quotas, halibut shares have hit a $50 asking price at Southeast Alaska, the only place where halibut catches have increased in the past two years.

For the Central Gulf, the asking prices for halibut IFQs range from $28 to $42 a pound and $16 to $20 in the Western Gulf. That's an increase of about $6 in both Gulf regions since January.

Read the full story at the Anchorage Daily News>>

Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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