State forecasts lower pink harvest next year, though better than 2020
December 2, 2021
The 2022 pink salmon harvest in Southeast is forecast at about half the 10-year average but better than 2020, the brood year for next summer’s returns.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and federal fisheries officials have forecast next year’s pink harvest at 16 million fish in Southeast.
The 10-year average is 34 million pink salmon, with 2020 a very weak year at 8 million pinks harvested — the sixth-worst year since 1962.
This year’s returns were excellent, at 48 million pinks, surpassing pre-season forecasts.
Trawl surveys collected by the Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring...