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Salmon wrap up for 2016, harvests/values
December 28, 2016

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Gillnetting salmon in Alaska

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –   A snapshot of Alaska’s 2016 salmon season. Prices and other numbers after this –

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Alaska’s 2016 salmon season produced a catch of nearly 113 million fish with a preliminary value of over $406 million at the docks. That’s fewer than 150 million fish from last year 263 million catch, due to a poor showing of pinks. But despite the big gap in landings, the value of this year’s salmon harvest only decreased by $8 million.

That’s thanks to sockeyes which accounted for 62 percent of the value of Alaska’s total salmon harvest this summer at more than $251 million. Sockeyes also accounted for 47 percent of the total harvest at 53 million fish.

Pinks panned out at 35 percent of Alaska’s salmon harvest this summer, and contributed  a paltry nine percent of the value at nearly $38 million.

Bristol Bay, of course, was Alaska’s big salmon winner with a catch totaling $156 million, up from $95 million in 2015.

Other regions tanked and will feel the sting of less fish crossing the docks at tax time.  At Kodiak, a salmon landings value of less than $16 million reflects a nearly $22 million drop from last year.

Prince William Sound landings of $58 million reflect a $60 million decline. At Southeast Alaska, an overall value of $89 million dollars is a drop of $18 million at the docks. Cook Inlet’s salmon harvest had a value this year of $25 million, a decline of more than $5 million.

Salmon prices to fishermen were up across the board this year. The average price for Chinook salmon was $4.40 a pound. Sockeyes at $.88; cohos averaged $1.21, Chums at $.55 and pinks averaged $.24 cents a pound.

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