Southeast Alaska winter troll fishery ends

The Southeast Alaska/Yakutat winter troll fishery has ended for the season, but at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, the fishmongers are still hawking the fresh, never frozen king salmon caught by harvesters while supplies last.

In online advertisements over the past week, the fish market offered whole wild Alaska king salmon for $33.99 a pound and fresh wild Alaska Chinook fillets for $49.99 a pound.

The fishery, which began on Oct. 11, attracted 255 permit holders, who had harvested through March 10 some 11,088 Chinooks, for a total of 129,228 pounds of fish, according to data compiled by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, delivered in 1,520 landings.

Harvesters brought in an average of seven kings per landing, weighing an average of 12 pounds. The average price paid to fishermen was $11.80 a pound, according to the ADF&G report.