Strong start to sockeye at Bristol Bay; Norton Sound chums a bust


“Unprecedented” is how fishery managers are describing sockeye catches at Bristol Bay, which topped one million fish for seven days straight at the Nushagak district last week and neared the two million mark on several days.

By July 9, Alaska’s statewide sockeye salmon catch was approaching 32 million, of which more than 25 million came from Bristol Bay. The only other region getting good sockeye catches was the Alaska Peninsula, where nearly 4.6 million reds were landed so far.

Statewide, the big numbers will be pinks, which run in distinct two-year cycles, with odd years being stron...

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