Fair Prices for Bristol Bay Permitholders
Bristol Bay Permitholders were paid .50 cents per pound for sockeye salmon after fishing the 2015 season on an "open fish ticket." This has been described as a "going home" price, but early sales of sockeye salmon support a much greater price. Sales data indicate $3.12/lb for the 4 to 6 lb market, and $2.57/lb for the 2 to 4 lb fish. Historically the base price for Bistol Bay sockeye has been approximately 37 - 38% of wholesale frozen H&G prices.
Pursuant to Sec. 16.10.280 if at least one-third of the registered commercial fishermen dispute the 2015 base "going home" price area we can show the Department of Fish and Game that a representative from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development should intervene as mediator.
- Sam Cotten
This past 2015 Bristol Bay fishing season has become an economic failure due to fishing on an "open fish ticket" and a base price set at 50 cents per pound. As a permit holder, I would like to voice my concern for this unfair "going home" base price and the practice of fishing on an "open fish ticket", which all of the major processors utilize in the fishery. Fishermen are also being informed that 2016 may not be any better, i.e., 50 cents or less per pound.
Comparing historical information and sales data available to the public/fishermen, these low prices are not reasonable. Fishing on an "open fish ticket" without a certain price or without certain legal safeguards to protect fishermen from unfair and unreasonable prices is deplorable. Accordingly, I would like you to seek appointment of a mediator pursuant to AS 16.10.280 to negotiate fair prices for Bristol Bay permit holders.
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