Pink salmon harvest far exceeds preseason forecast


October 28, 2021

Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Fish Company

Eric Grunberg brings line-caught king salmon aboard the F/V Happy Time.

Salmon season in Southeast Alaska is wrapping up in a year that has seen an estimated 58 million fish harvested according to Troy Thynes, regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The final numbers for fish tickets are still preliminary, but, of the estimated harvest, pink salmon was the clear leader with 48.2 million fish. It was also 41% higher than the recent 10-year average.

"The main thing is the pink salmon run came in a lot stronger than what was expected, so the preseason forecast was for harvest of 28 million pink salmon,...

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