State forecasts average pink salmon harvest in 2024

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it expects Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen next year will harvest around 19 million pink salmon — close to an average number based on 63 years of commercial harvest data collected since Alaska became a state.

The department’s forecast, released in November, predicts a pink salmon catch of between 12 million and 32 million fish.

Pink salmon harvest varies greatly from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, and the commercial catch in the 10 most recent even years has averaged 21 million pink salmon. In 2022, fishermen caught about 18.3...

 

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