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Salmon disaster: pink salmon run lowest since 1976


September 17, 2020

Graph courtesy of Andy Kittams

This year's Southeast Alaska seine and gillnet exvessel revenue is down from the 2019 revenue and 5-year average.

This year's pink salmon harvest came in at around 7 million, which is considerably down from the 35 million ten year average. Troy Thynes, regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries with fish and game, said the pink salmon run in Southeast Alaska hasn't been this low since 1976.

There are several causes for this year's poor salmon run. In 2018, the parent year for this year's pink salmon, escapement was poor in Northern Southeast Alaska, said Thynes. In other places across the region escapement goals were met, but the fish were returning to spawn during drought like conditions...

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