Fish Radio
August 20, 2013

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Pink Salmon Frenzy

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Alaska’s salmon catch is already one for the record books. More after this —

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 Alaska’s pink salmon catch by yesterday neared 170 million – blowing past the 161 million record set in 2005 – and millions more humpies are still swarming in.

Boats have been put on trip limits at Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kodiak as workers scramble to process all of the fish.

Pinks have set a record at Prince William Sound, where the catch topped 80 million yesterday. Managers predict it could top 90 million …. At Southeast Alaska, a fleet of 241 seiners was also setting records for weekly pink salmon catches. The tally on Monday topped 63 million and the Southeast pink catch could reach 70 million. … Kodiak’s pink salmon catch was on its way to 21 million, well over the preseason forecast.

Prices for pinks are reported at about 45 cents a pound in most regions – that adds up so far to about $268 million at the Alaska docks.

Overall, by yesterday Alaska’s total, all species salmon catch was nearing 218 million fish – well on its way to topping the 222 million harvest record set in 2005.

Alaska’s total salmon catch has exceeded 200 million fish only five times since statehood, including this year. That occurred in 1995, 1999, 2005 and 2007.

Fish and Game’s commercial division updates all of the salmon catches every night by species and region on the so called Blue Sheet.   Along with that, state managers also provide a weekly in-season summary that graphs the progression of the salmon harvests and compares it with the five year averages.

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.