Fish and game forecast average 2014 pink harvest
Southeast Alaska’s 2013 pink salmon harvest estimates are predicted to be around 22 million fish.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports those numbers to be below the recent 10-year average of around 41 million pinks but close to average of the past five even years.
Andy Piston, ADFG research biologist, said through most of the 1990s and early 2000s the odd and even year harvests weren’t much different. But in 2006 their poor survivals changed the cycle of the fish.
“Even year pinks were way below average,” Piston said. “Ever since then we’ve had this big dramatic odd and ev...