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Salmon tops forecast thanks to pinks, Updates

August 25, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – What a difference a week makes! Pinks push the salmon catch past the forecast. More fishing updates after this –

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Pink Salmon Frenzy

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As predicted, it took pink salmon catches at Prince William Sound to push the total past the forecast.  Salmon fishing continues in many regions, and Alaska’s statewide catch salmon has already topped 231 million fish, 10 million more than projected.  Prince William Sound fishermen have been setting records for daily pink salmon catches and will likely top the record 93 million humpies taken there in 2013.

Kodiak’s pink catches also are above normal at 23 million.

Meanwhile, Southeast’s bumper pink run never materialized – the Panhandle catch is likely to come in at around 30 million, well below the 58 million pink forecast.

Southeast’s summer Dungeness fishery was also a disappointment after last year’s four million pound haul.  When the fishery closed last week the tally was just over 2.5 million pounds, slightly below the five year average.

Turning to halibut – longliners have taken 72 percent of their 17 million pound catch limit for this year, with less than five million pounds remaining. Homer is in the lead for halibut landings, with Kodiak close behind. Halibut prices have remained well over $6 a pound at major ports since the fishery opened in early March.  The halibut season ends in mid-November.

Finally, the nomination period has been extended to fill two U.S. seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. A call for nominations in May only yielded names of two seated commissioners:  Bob Alverson of Seattle and Don Lane of Homer, whose terms are up at the end of this year. NOAA Fisheries said in an announcement that it wants a larger pool of candidates. Nominations for halibut commissioners can be made through September 18.

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