Alaska sockeye salmon

Salmon openers are popping in Central and Southeastern parts of Alaska and the action is heading west.

Fishing is on track for sockeyes and kings at Copper River – a relief after one of the worst fisheries ever last year.

Boats are fishing for sockeyes at Prince William Sound and at Kodiak – and a state research vessel is on its way to start sampling ahead of the big sockeye run expected in a few weeks at Bristol Bay.

A sockeye run topping 40 million fish is projected at Bristol Bay this summer which should produce a catch of 26 million reds.

In Southeast, trollers are targeting Chinook salmon. A lingcod fishery reopened at East Yakutat on June 7 and the total 111,000 pound quota should go fast.

Southeast’s shrimp beam trawl fishery reopens on July 1 with a 175,000 pound harvest of pink and sidestripes.

Several summer crab fisheries are coming online:  The Dungeness season opens in Southeast Alaska on June 15. State fishery managers will use catch stats from the first seven days to predict the harvest for the season.

Last summer’s dungy fishery produced three million pounds valued at more than $9 million for about 170 crabbers

The Aleutian Islands golden king crab fishery also opens on June 15 for a slightly increased catch topping seven million pounds.

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A red king crab fishery will open at Norton Sound in late June or early July for a 147,000 pound harvest.

Fishing for Alaska pollock reopened on June 10 in the Bering Sea. That pollock catch this year will top three billion pounds.

Bering Sea and Gulf boats also are targeting cod, flounders and many others.

Alaska longliners have taken nearly seven million pounds of the nearly 20 million pound catch limit.

For sablefish, about 10 million pounds has crossed the docks from a 26 million pound quota.

Finally, a wrap up shows that 19 seiners set a record at Alaska’s largest herring fishery at Togiak with a 23,060 ton harvest.

Fishermen got just $75 a ton for the roe herring making it worth $1.73 million at the docks, not including postseason price adjustments.