From Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

September 9, 2016

Bristol Bay region

The following is an overview of the 2016 Bristol Bay commercial salmon season. All data are preliminary.

The 2016 inshore Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run of 51.4 million fish ranks 2nd out of the last 20 years and was 46% above the 35.1 million average run for the same period.

This year’s Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run was 10% above the preseason inshore forecast of 46.6 million fish. The Egegik,Nushagak, Togiak and Ugashik districts were higher than the preseason forecast while Naknek-Kvichak district was less than predicted.

The 37.3 million sockeye salmon commercial harvest was 26% above the 29.5 million preseason forecast. All escapement goals were met or exceeded, with a total sockeye salmon escapement of 14.1 million fish.

A total of 29,545 Chinook salmon were harvested in Bristol Bay in 2016. The harvests for other species are 1,042,345 chum salmon; 91,387 coho salmon; and 751,756 pink salmon. The 2016 sockeye salmon run timing was similar to 2015 as it was one of the latest on record, approximately 7 days late.

Fish weights and lengths were smaller than the historical average with an average sockeye salmon weight of 5.4 pounds, but overall fish were slightly larger than 2015.

EXVESSEL VALUE — The Bristol Bay 2016 harvest of all salmon species was 39.2 million fish, ranking first over the last 20 years (1996-2015) and worth a preliminary exvessel value of $156.2 million, 40% above the 20-year average of $111.0 million.

Prices are an average of post-season processor final operations reports. This estimate does not include future price adjustments for icing, bleeding, or production bonuses.//

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