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Salmon season wrap ups by region trickle in

October 13, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Salmon season wrap ups by region start trickling in. More after this –

Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) salmon fishing regions Credit: ADF&G

Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) salmon fishing regions
Credit: ADF&G

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It looks like Alaska’s 2016 salmon season will end up with a total harvest at around 112 million fish, nearly 50 million below the forecast. The shortfall stemmed from a no show by pinks to major regions. The season’s biggest bright spot, of course, was a larger than expected catch of sockeye salmon at Bristol Bay – more than 37 million reds. The total Bristol Bay salmon harvest topped 39 million, ranking first over the last 20 years. The dockside value of $156 million is 40 percent above the 20 year average.

Salmon summaries are starting to trickle in for other Alaska regions.

At Upper Cook Inlet, fishermen caught 3 million salmon this summer, valued at $22.3 million, 93 percent from sockeyes. That was down 12 percent and 23 percent, respectively, from the 10 year average. All UCI salmon runs came in less than forecast with the Kasilof River having the smallest sockeye run since 1995.

Looking west at areas that don’t get much coverage:   This was the first time since statehood that there were no large scale salmon buyers or processors in the Kuskokwim Area, meaning almost fishing opportunities there.

For the ninth year in a row, no commercial periods targeting Chinook salmon were allowed in the Yukon or Tanana Rivers.  But 437 Yukon fishermen had a nice summer chum catch topping half a million – 60 percent higher than usual.

Coho catches at Norton Sound topped 100-thousand, making it the 6th highest catch ever.

And  the  chum salmon harvest at Kotzebue of over 400-thousand ranks seventh highest in history, and was the second highest catch in over 30 years. Two buyers were in the region and that kept the fish moving to markets all season.

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Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.