Petersburg Pilot -

By Dan Rudy 

Seafood production about wrapped up for winter


October 26, 2017

Graphic courtesy of ADF&G

In the thousands of salmon, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game graphic shows harvest tendencies by statistical week, from May until October. After sizable returns through July and August in 2015 were followed by a far more modest harvest the following year, the Southeast salmon harvest this year has followed closely the five-year average.

Preliminary harvest and value figures for the 2017 commercial salmon fishery indicate the season was a step up above the previous year's disastrous harvest.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported a 66.7-percent increase in exvessel value between the two years, with 224.6 million wild salmon worth around $678.8 million brought in by the state's fishing fleet.

Chum salmon saw the biggest boon of the year, breaking records with 25.2 million fish, worth about $128.3 million. The haul accounted for 11 percent of the total harvest and 19 percent of its value. Sockeye had been the season'...

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