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Better prices make up difference in volume in Alaska sockeye fishery
Tuesday,7 September,2010 09:03:31
Although the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted record runs for Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon fishery, many boats failed to catch what they were hoping for. However, with ex-vessel prices the highest seen in nearly 20 years, many fishermen still managed to have a profitable season. In part due to the strangely cold and constantly rainy summer, the fish moved into the rivers following different routes than in years past. Many of the Kvichak setnetters did very well, even those whose setnet sites have never been big producers. Other setnet fishermen, especially on the South Naknek and North Naknek sides of the Bristol Bay, didn't catch what they were anticipating based on the predicted harvest.
A number of Bristol Bay fishermen are turning to direct marketing their fishery products. With at least two companies willing to custom process their catch for them, direct marketing has taken on a decidedly more feasible option. Direct Marketing gives fishermen more control over their product and allows them to vertically integrate from harvesting to processing and selling.
If fishermen are interested in vertical integration in the fisheries, the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program can provide technical assistance through business planning, logistics, licensing and permitting, and compliance with State and Federal HACCP and sanitation regulations.
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