Prince William Sound’s salmon harvest this summer came in at about 58 million fish and nearly 50 million were pinks. The estimated fishery value was $114 million.
The fleet of 504 drift gillnetters averaged $81,600 per permit; Prince William Sound seiners averaged $218,000.
At Copper River, a catch of nearly 1.3 million sockeye was 28% more than the previous 10-year average and the average sockeye weight of 5.5 pounds was the largest in the last five years.
Those are just a few of the details in season summaries trickling in by region to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
At Lower Cook Inlet the salmon catch totaled 2.4 million fish, of which nearly 2 million were pinks. The commercial harvest value of nearly $3.6 million was above the 10-year average of $2.4 million.
At Norton Sound 145 permits were fished this summer, the second highest since 1993. The fishery value topped $2 million for the third year in a row.
The region saw well above average runs of chums, pinks, sockeyes and coho salmon. The chum salmon harvest of 157,035 was the third highest in the last 35 years.
At Alaska’s farthest north salmon fishery at Kotzebue the chum harvest topped 400,000 fish, only the 10th time ever for a catch that high.
The value of more than $1.5 million was down a third from last year due to lower prices, but it was the fifth time since 1988 that the value exceeded one million dollars.
Bristol Bay was the first to come out with a summary showing a preliminary fishery value at $306.5 million, an all-time record. A total take of 44.5 million salmon, of which 43 million were sockeyes, was the second largest in history since 1995.
Salmon summaries from other regions will be ready soon and yield the preliminary dockside value of the entire 2019 fishery.