Despite some strong production, salmon season still lags

The Cordova Times

Commercial drift gillnetters and purse seiners delivered an estimated 1.3 million salmon to processors in the Prince William Sound area through Wednesday, July 1, including some 468,739 sockeyes, in a season that has been a real slow starter.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game data compiled through that date also showed a harvest of some 6,605 Chinook, 195 coho, 497 pink and 812,671 chum salmon.

The last Copper River opener was on June 18, with 102 deliveries from gillnetters of some 9,858 red, 240 chum and 64 king salmon. Overall Copper River deliveries through that date totaled 99,342 fish.

Fisheries economist Garrett Evridge of the McDowell Group notes that the 2020 Alaska salmon season continues to lag behind previous years, though some areas are seeing average or strong production. About 5.8 million fish have been landed so far this season, compared to nearly 14 million fish landed at the same point in 2018, Evridge wrote in his weekly update on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

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