Salmon Quality for Gillnet Fisheries video series
- Deborah Mercy, Program Development Media Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, 907-274-9698, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.