August 30, 2012 | Vol. 39, No.35

As salmon season winds down total catch approaches forecast

Salmon season is winding down and it’s still a guess if the statewide catch will reach the 132 million fish forecast.  Achieving that all comes down to those hard to predict pinks, whose catch makes up more than half of the total harvest.

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“I think it’s going to be close. It all depends on what happens with the pink salmon runs in the three major producing areas:  Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Southeast,” said Geron Bruce, assistant director of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s commercial fisheries division.

This summer a catch of 70.2 million pinks were forecasted, down 40...

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