The 2012 Processor Survey is complete, and as usual, it contains a wealth of information about the Bristol Bay fishery. Here’s a brief excerpt from the Introduction.
Last year the study found the Bristol Bay drift net fleet chilled 53 percent of its harvest, marking the first year the fleet chilled more than 50 percent of its harvest prior to delivery to processors. This year the portion of drift harvest that permit holders chilled increased to 59 percent. Remarkably, the fleet has moved from chilling 24 percent of its harvest in 2008 to 59 percent in 2012; in short, the fleet more than doubled the portion they chilled in just four seasons. Also notable this year is the fact that the entire Bristol Bay fishery (i.e., set and drift) is now majority chilled; the combined fleets chilled 52 percent of the total harvest.
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