ADF&G Forecasts Alaska’s Salmon Catch to Top 200 Million Fish this Summer
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News] by Laine Welch – March 21, 2017
Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year’s catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016.
The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977.