Spring is here in Kodiak and the waterfront is starting to buzz with activity. June 9th marks the official start of the Kodiak Salmon season and the Island Seafoods salmon fishermen are starting to show up ready to get to work. Salmon seines can be seen around town, stretched out to mend holes and make repairs from the 2011 season. Stripping the cork line, adding a new rib line or replacing a worn out purse line, there is always something that can be done to make the seine fish a little better.
On May 1st, the Gulf of Alaska Pacific Ocean Perch or POP season opened and the F/V Stella headed out to catch her share of the quota. For the first part of this season, Captain Peter McCarthy is turning the captain’s chair over to his brother James so he can spend some time with his family. James just finished his second trip, delivering a mix of Dusky and Northern rockfish.
Most of the POP and Northern Rockfish are headed and gutted and frozen in 40 pound blocks. The frozen blocks are loaded into 40 foot containers and shipped to either China or Korea. The dusky rockfish are filleted by hand, vacuum sealed and flash frozen for some of our wholesale customers and to be featured online and in the retail store. Dusky Rockfish offer a mild tasting, bright white small flake fillet perfect of pan frying, deep frying in your favorite batter mix or blackened.
The Pacific Halibut and Black Cod season opened this year on March 17th with limited effort in the first few weeks. The Federal Pacific cod fishery was still open and many of the big halibut harvesters were still out targeting Pacific Cod. Now that the “A” season closed, the effort has picked up in the last few weeks. We have had several deliveries including a recent one from the Seward based F/V Tribute. We can expect deliveries of fresh halibut throughout the next few weeks as fishermen look to fill their quotas.