By MARY C. MARTIN
THE SALMON STATE 

Fishermen catch 2 billionth sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay

 

October 3, 2019

Photo courtesy of Chris Miller / csmphotos.com

Gillnetters in the water on a recent year in Bristol Bay.

This year, during the fishery's 2nd largest harvest on record, Bristol Bay commercial fishermen hit another historic number: the 2 billionth sockeye salmon caught by commercial fishermen since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.

"It wasn't supposed to happen this fast, but the last couple of seasons had huge returns," said Nushagak/Togiak Area Management biologist Timothy Sands.

2019 was the fifth consecutive year that more than 50 million sockeye salmon returned to Bristol Bay.

In 2018, fishermen caught 41.9 million sockeye out of a record overall return of 62.3 million sockeye. In 2...



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