Southeast pink salmon harvest 6 times last year's catch

This year’s overall Southeast Alaska salmon harvest is headed toward 58 million fish, with pink salmon leading the tally at 48.2 million — more than 40% above the 10-year average for pinks.

This summer’s pink catch was six times last year’s measly 8 million, and more than double the brood year of 2019.

The numbers for fish tickets are still preliminary, said Troy Thynes, regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Petersburg.

“The main thing is the pink salmon run came in a lot stronger than what was expected. … The preseason forecast...

 

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