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Fish Factor:Chum returned home to Alaska this year in numbers never seen before 

 

October 5, 2017



Chum salmon returned home to Alaska this year in numbers never seen before from Southeast to Kotzebue, and set catch records statewide and in many regions.

Chums, also called dogs because of their long use as a prime food source for Alaska Native dog teams, are the most widely distributed of all Pacific salmon and occur throughout Alaska. The fish usually comprise about 15 percent of the total salmon catch, and this year’s tally of almost 25 million is the biggest harvest since 2000.  

At Kodiak, for example, a chum catch of nearly two million was 37 percent higher than usual and the hig...



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