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By Marc Lutz 

Southeast pink salmon catch far exceeds forecast


September 9, 2021

It’s looking to be a very good summer for pink salmon commercial fishing, much better than last year’s dismal catch.

The pink harvest in Southeast was just over 44 million fish as of Sept. 3, over 50% more than the 28 million forecast issued after the 2020 season, according to the state’s preliminary commercial salmon harvest report.

And more than five times the catch of last year.

“For pink salmon, we’re around 40 million for the harvest for the Southeast region,” said Paul Salomone, a management biologist for the commercial fisheries division of the Department of Fish and Game...

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