Fish Factor: The catch of 213 million salmon has surpassed the forecast by nine million fish
September 14, 2017
Alaska’s salmon season is nearly a wrap but fall remains as one of the fishing industry’s busiest times of the year.
For salmon, the catch of 213 million has surpassed the forecast by nine million fish. Highpoints for this season are a statewide sockeye catch topping 50 million for the tenth time in history (37 million from Bristol Bay), and one of the best chum harvests ever at more than 22 million fish.
The total 2017 salmon catches and values by Alaska region will be released by state fishery managers in November.
Hundreds of boats are now fishing for cod with September 1 openers a...