Salmon catch tops 219 million fish; 15% above forecast


September 23, 2021

Alaska’s 2021 salmon catch has topped 219 million fish, which is 15% higher than the preseason forecast of 190 million.

The two biggest money makers exceeded expectations the most. The sockeye haul came in at 54 million compared to the predicted 46.5 million reds.

Similarly, the pink salmon catch of nearly 151 million swamped the projection by 27 million humpies.

And although the run of chum salmon was disappointing, falling about 4 million short of the 15.3 million projection, nearly 5 million chums were caught since Aug. 1, “making it one of the three largest chum harvests in the last...

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