KODIAK, Alaska — The Kodiak trawl fleet ended its protest over the price the fleet had been offered for its pollock harvest.
The fleet ended its protest on Sunday after successfully negotiating a higher price from processors, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported .
After an eight-day stand-down by the fleet, all of the town’s processors offered a price of 11 cents per pound for pollock under a thousand grams.
The negotiated price is up from the previous offering of 10 cents per pound for fish a thousand grams and under.
Paddy O’Donnell, owner of the vessel Caravelle and president of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, said the fleet isn’t working with a catch-share system this year. That means once one processor sets a better price for the fleet, the others are somewhat forced to comply.
“I’m glad we’re getting the ball rolling here for the community and especially the cannery workers, because they’re the first people impacted,” O’Donnell said. “It’s been a long winter, and everybody’s getting back to work and (the cannery workers) depend on it.”
The negotiation brought the Kodiak fleet closer to parity with the Bering Sea fleet, which is receiving between 11.5-14 cents per pound, depending on the processing plant.
“It’s not perfect, but it got everybody out of town and fishing,” O’Donnell said. “Depending on what things look like and what the fleet sees as far as fish size, this could change . The only scenario I can see that we’d have to go back to the negotiation table would be if the canneries adjust the price in season.”
Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com