Salmon Quality for Gillnet Fisheries video series

05/24/2013

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NR: SG-2013/NB051

salmon on ice Silver salmon in ice. Photo by Deborah Mercy, Alaska Sea Grant. Click image for larger, high-resolution version [1 MB].

Anchorage, Alaska—Alaska’s 2013 salmon season is under way. As thousands of commercial fishermen get their operations up and running, the price for this year's fish is also on their minds. Fish handling by the harvester is of utmost importance—when the quality of salmon rises, so do the prices.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has updated nine short videos that offer helpful hints for maintaining the intrinsic high quality of Alaska salmon harvested by gillnet fisheries. The videos demonstrate methods used by drift and set net fishermen in several Alaska locations, to care for the fish they catch. Topics are boat setup, fishing practices, onboard product handling, chilling, dressing, pressure bleeding, unloading, and cleanup.

While focused on the salmon gillnet fisheries, the techniques can be adapted to improve product quality and profit in any of the salmon fisheries.

Please visit the Salmon Quality for Gillnet Fisheries video series on the web, or watch them at the Alaska Sea Grant YouTube site.

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and extension program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program provides outreach and technical assistance to help Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and by the University of Alaska Fairbanks with state funds, in partnership with private industry.