Ceph Related Fishing Industry News

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Our news feed often post articles on changing conditions and quotas that involve cephs (primarily squid). Where they are not generally interesting to read, I felt keeping a list of them over time might show trending and have started this thread to collect them.
     
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    2012 - Alaska cod pot fisherman earn extra flexibility with new octopus quota

    Alaska Dispatch
    Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Oct 06, 2012

    The giant Pacific octopus probably won't shut down the pot cod season early again this year in the Bering Sea.

    Last year, the bycatch limit of 150 octopus was reached on Oct. 24, and the big boat Pacific pot cod fishery closed with 647 metric tons unharvested, according to Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Unalaska.

    This year's limit is way higher, at 900 of any eight species of octopus, though the giant Pacific with an average weight of 30 to 40 pounds is most commonly caught by fishermen, said Liz Conners of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle.

    Last year was the first time octopus had an individual bycatch quota, previously they were lumped in with other species, and regulators settled on 150 based on incidental catch figures for the Bering Sea based on the highest year of octopus bycatch in an 11 year period.

    "We knew that was a low number, but we didn't have any better data," said Liz Conners.

    A more generous allowance was set for this year, based on octopus parts found in cod stomachs, Conners said.

    Conners said much is unknown about octopus populations, and credited marine agent Reid Brewer in Unalaska with adding new knowledge.

    While octopus is commercially harvested off of Japan, Morocco and Spain, no directed commercial fishery is allowed in federal waters in the U.S., though states can permit it three miles from shore. Occasional efforts have been made by domestic fishermen, though with limited profitability, Conners said.

    The Moroccan and Spanish octopus are smaller, though the Japanese octopus are the same as Alaska's, she said.

    As for the pot cod fishery, Milani said 566 metric tons were harvested in the week ending Sept. 22, and 7,373 mt remain in the fishery that closes on Dec. 31. She said 14 boats over 60 feet long were signed up to catch cod in pots.



    Processors were paying around 30 cents a pound for pot-caught cod, using the same big pots as in the commercial crab fisheries.

    The Bristol Bay red king crab quota was expected to be set this week. Last year's quota was 7.834 million pounds, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    Jim Paulin can be reached at paulinjim(at)yahoo.com
     
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    Tracking Squid Catch Year's

    Market squid catch over the past 15 years
    By Aaron Kinney


    akinney@bayareanewsgroup.commercurynews.com

    Posted: 12/03/2012 12:59:08 PM PST
    December 3, 2012 8:59 PM GMTUpdated: 12/03/2012 12:59:08 PM PST


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    1997-98 --10,898

    1998-99 -- 11,699

    1999-00 -- 127,248

    2000-01 --124,378

    2001-02 -- 102,667

    2002-03 -- 47,039

    2003-04 -- 60,224

    2004-05 -- 53,884

    2005-06 -- 81,100

    2006-07 -- 38,366

    2007-08 -- 50,635

    2008-09 -- 40,146

    2009-10 -- 93,616

    2010-11 -- 133,642

    2011-12 -- 134,910

    Source: California Department of Fish and Game
     
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    Florida stone crabs scarcity pushes up prices; octopus to blame

    Reuters
    By Zachary Fagenson

    I would love to see these 8 pound octopuses :roll:
     
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    Thanks D- agree we should cluster fishery news that is ceph-related... I do find them interesting, but all the more when pieced together for trends, to your point. Thanks for taking this on!
     
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    Octopuses Feast On Florida’s Stone Crab Straight from Traps

    Another piece with TONMO ceph (James Wood) comments about an over abundance of octopuses being found in the stone crab traps for the 2012-2013 crab season.

    Scientific American Octopus Chronicles By Katherine Harmon | January 4, 2013|

     

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