Big cut to Southeast king quota
The state Board of Fisheries has sharply cut the quota of allowable king salmon harvests in an effort to help stocks recover. The move will affect troll, gillnet and sport fishermen. Trollers say they will be affected significantly because they make about half of their income from king salmon.
Octopus plant in Unalaska
Construction will start in June on a small octopus processing plant in Unalaska planned by local entrepreneurs, doing business as the “Raven Bay Octopus Project.” The plant will purchase octopus caught in pots by harvesters during cod shing. The plant will be equipped with a “blast” freezer and small packaging plant, and will be able to process about 150,000 pounds of octopus annually. Sales are planned mainly to the high-end restaurant trade. Once up and running the plant could provide a commercial outlet for other minor fisheries harvests.