Sunday, July 05, 2009

Alaska sockeye glut

Story from the Anchorage Daily News on the glut of sockeye in Bristol Bay right now. Fleet might be curtailed because the processing capacity cant match the catching ability. Imagine 10 million sockeye caught in 3 days fishing. The projected catch for Bristol Bay in 2009, the article states is 24 million sockeye.
For comparison, in Skeena we catch under a million sockeye most years. This year might only be 500,000 or so.
And just like farming a 'good crop' isnt necessarily a good thing as prices will plunge for the fishermen with a glut of product on the market.
The Skeena fishery has barely started and is already being impacted by forces beyond its control. Maybe lows fish prices will keep some boats tied to the dock later this season.

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