Again from Laine Welch. How does this fishery pay? I know it is a test fishery but they are only taking 500,000lbs at 12-14 cents a pound, if there are more than a few boats doing this fishery I don't see how they could pay for fuel at those prices. Or am I missing something?
Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock starting this week.
You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf.
Except for a small jig fishery, the only pollock fishery operating in state waters (shore to three miles) is at Prince William Sound, where trawlers this year have an 8.5 million-pound catch.
"The initial seine opportunity will just run from April 11 through June 8 so we don't overlap with salmon season. And during that time the harvest will be limited to 500,000 pounds," said Trent Hartill, a groundfish manager at the Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak. A pollock weighs 3 to 4 pounds on average.
The proposal for the trial pollock fishery got the nod in January from the state Board of Fisheries to operate under a special "commissioner's permit," Hartill said.
"The purpose of that permit is to test the efficacy of seine gear in catching pollock," he explained. "If it's successful, it will provide information for the board to determine whether they want to pursue a full-blown fishery or move in whatever direction they desire."
Roughly 190 salmon seiners operate out of Kodiak. Hartill said there is lots of interest there in giving pollock a try. The dock price in town is 12 to 14 cents a pound.
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