This Week in Bycatch - October 22

Oct 23, 2019
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Bycatch of king salmon remained above average for the week ending October 12.  Onboard observers recorded four thousand six hundred seventy-seven kings, over half of which were caught by pelagic trawlers targeting pollock in Area 610, covering the southern side of the Eastern Aleutians.  Bycatch of the other four species of salmon is typically much higher than chinook.  However, during this week, observers recorded only one thousand six hundred and ninety three non-chinook salmon.

Courtesy of Mike DeVany.

Kachemak Bay was once abundant with crab, shrimp and other shellfish species. But by the early 1990s, populations hit rock bottom. Now, a scientist and a college student are hoping to find out more about what happened. But they’re not looking for clues in the water. They want to hear from fishermen and those who were in the fishing industry at that time.

Homer resident Mike DeVaney flipped through a photo album from the 1980s and pointed to a picture of someone holding a large king crab.

Tanner crab sport fishery to return to Kachemak Bay

Aug 16, 2017
Courtesy of Fish and Game

Sport and subsistence fishermen around the Kachemak Bay area will be able to target tanner crab for the first time in four years this fall. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game received permission from the state Board of Fisheries to reopen the fishery this spring, and the crabbing season will open in October.

Sport and subsistence crabbing in Kachemak Bay, along the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, and in Cook Inlet has been closed for about four years.