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That was the report Nov. 5 from Jake Jacobsen of the Inter-Cooperative Exchange in Seattle, who said that 83 percent of the allowable harvest for individual fishing quota permit holders had been landed.
“It’s going really fast,” Jacobsen said.
By this time a year ago, 95 percent of the quota was caught, but last year the fishery started on schedule on Oct. 15. This year harvesters under the community development quota program were able to begin harvesting on Oct. 15, but the IFQ holders were tied to the dock until Oct. 19, because of a partial federal government shutdown that delayed issuance of their permits.
This season’s total allowable catch, set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, is 7,853,000 pounds, including 7,067,700 pounds for IFQ holders and 785,300 pounds for community development quota harvesters.
Negotiations on final prices to harvesters haven’t even begun yet.
That’s usually done about Jan. 20, said Jacobsen. “In the old derby style fishery, we set a price and they went fishing, and now we set the price at the end,” he said. “We have a very complex arbitration system and a lot of rules and regulations we adhere to. It’s a whole new
The ASMI board, meeting in Anchorage in late October, directed staff and committees involved in marketing these fish domestically and internationally to come up with plans to increase domestic retail and food service, as well as international outlets for pink salmon, from canned to frozen headed and gutted and frozen fillets.
ASMI is planning to spend an additional $1.5 million on this effort said Kevin Adams, chairman of the board of the state’s seafood marketing entity.
Included in that $1.5 million budget will be some funds for ASMI’s Alaska global food aid program, headed by Bruce Schactler of Kodiak, which promotes the proteins found in wild Alaska pink salmon, as well as herring, in its current programs.
The global food aid program assists non-governmental organizations and others with program design, ration selection, recipe development, storage, handling and preparation of dishes integrating canned salmon and other food aid commodities with local ingredients to feed cultural tastes. The program also conveniently provides needed markets in years of abundant pink salmon harvests.
To date the global food aid program has partnered with non-governmental organizations in Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Laos and Uganda to incorporate canned Alaska pink salmon and now canned herring
The goal, as seen by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, is lower incidental catch of king and chum salmon during pollock fisheries.
“The objectives of this action are to prioritize Chinook salmon bycatch avoidance, while preventing high chum salmon bycatch and focusing on avoidance of Alaska chum salmon stocks, and allow flexibility to harvest pollock in times and places that best support those goals,” wrote Campbell, in the motion approved by the council.
The motion calls for an evaluation of necessary changes to the IPA objectives and reporting requirements in regulation, and identification of effects of such a change. It also will identify whether there are elements of a rolling hot spot system that the council should consider retaining or adding to regulations that define incentive plan agreements.
The discussion paper will also evaluate possible measures to refine Chinook salmon bycatch controls in the Bering Sea pollock fisheries, including shortening the pollock season to end when pollock catch rates significantly decline and Chinook salmon prohibited species catch rates increase in October.
Staff is also asked to include in the evaluation information on potential revisions to the annual reporting requirements, combined for chum and king measures.
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