The state of Alaska released the official salmon harvest numbers last week.  2013 was a year for the record books, with Alaska seeing the largest salmon harvest ever.    

Salmon haul Credit: ADFG

Salmon haul
Credit: ADFG

More than 272 million fish were caught in total. The huge harvest was powered by an incredible number of pink salmon, Alaska’s smallest and most abundant salmon species.

The 219 million pink salmon comprised more than 80% of the total harvest and surpassed the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) pre-season forecast for all five salmon species combined.  


Copper River catch   projections for 2014   —  1.6 million sockeye and 22,000 Chinook.  at the  Copper River.   That compares to  1.58 million sockeye and 8,688 Chinook.