US - Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher in business since 1895. The prices tend to decline through June, July, August and September and they begin rising again from November through the following April or May. 

 

Pacific Northwest trawl fishermen who net rockfish, Dover sole, black cod and other groundfish species got a boost on Tuesday as their harvest gained Marine Stewardship Council certification.

The council provides certification for an eco-label that, in an era of increasing concern about world fishery stocks, can help fishermen market their catch as coming from a sustainable and well-managed harvest.

A 191-foot (58-meter) fishing boat suspected of using an illegal high seas drift net to catch a half-ton of salmon in the North Pacific was detained by the U.S. Coast Guard last week and turned over Tuesday to Chinese authorities.

The Yin Yuan was spotted by a Canadian aircraft hosting Japanese observers. It was seized by the Honolulu-based U.S. cutter Morgenthau, which was carrying two Chinese law enforcement officials.

"All these countries are affected by illegal activities," said a Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Prices pretty much fall during the June, July, August and September period and they begin rising again pretty much from November through April or May. 2  

The U.S. Coast Guard 17th District will join the rest of the nation this week in observing National Safe Boating Week Monday through Friday to encourage safe boating practices and prevent recreational boating accidents.

Kake’s Gunnuk Creek Hatchery will be closing in a little more than a month, something Kake residents and leaders say is a calamity for the town’s economy and access to fish.

Kake Mayor Henrich Kadake Sr. said he’s been involved with the hatchery since “day one,” almost 40 years. It started as a high school project in 1973 and incorporated in 1976.

Major fishing ports and harbors critical to Alaska's economy are in the midst of designing, construction and fund sourcing in the spring of 2014, to meet needs ranging from float replacements to strengthening breakwaters.

With steady fishing vessel traffic from the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, Seward, Dutch Harbor, Sitka and Wrangell, planning, bidding and finding construction funds is an ongoing process, harbormasters said.

Salmon fishermen were back out on the Copper River yesterday/Monday hoping for a catch of 33-thousand sockeyes. The first 12-hour opener last Thursday was slow going – 510 landings yielded a total take of 27-thousand reds, down 16% from the forecast, and just 1,000 kings. Advance prices for the first fish dipped a bit to $3.50 a pound for sockeyes and $6.00 for kings. That compares to $4.00 and $6 to $7 last year.

The summer cookout season is heralded each spring by the arrival of the first Copper River salmon from Alaska.

An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova touched down Friday morning and the pilots emerged with a 48-pound king salmon. They carried it down a red carpet and delivered it to three chefs for a ceremonial cook-off at Sea-Tac Airport.

 

Dock prices for Alaska’s most popular species of finfish are at the top of their historical range, partly due to a supply shortage and partly due to increasing popularity.

Prices for halibut are at record highs, with current levels at around $6.50 per pound for 10-20  pound fish (smalls), $6.75 for 20-40 pound fish (mediums), and $6.90 for 40-ups (large), according to Jeff Berger, a manager at Copper River Seafoods, which buys fish at multiple ports in Alaska.