May 24, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 21

Fish Factor

Cook Inlet permit values rise as Bristol Bay permit prices droop

The value of Alaska fishing permits has see-sawed over the past year with Cook Inlet prices heading upwards and Bristol Bay on the down side.

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“Cook Inlet had a really good year last year, and they’re expecting another strong fishery this summer. Salmon drift permits have taken off with sales made at $80,000 compared to around $50,000 last year,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer

Prices have headed the other way in Bristol Bay.

The Bay permits, are not so hot. They ran way up last year on expectations of good fish numbers and a good price, but it didn’t really pan...

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