JUNEAU -- Booming pink salmon runs made Southeast Alaska the state's top salmon fishery this year, as the state itself set a record for the number of salmon caught, the Department of Fish and Game said Thursday.
In 2013, there were 219 million pink salmon caught across the state, where a total of 272 million salmon were landed. Both numbers were records.
"Our salmon managers across the state have done an excellent job of ensuring sustainability of our salmon stocks while optimizing fishing opportunity," said Jeff Regnant, director of the ADF&G Commercial Fisheries Division, in announcing the year's harvest.
In some areas, however, weak runs of some species forced harvest limitations on other species.
There were no commercial Chinook salmon fisheries in the Arctic, Yukon or Kuskokwim areas, the department said.
Pink salmon were "riding a huge wave of production across multiple fishing areas," the department said.
Even the Alaska Peninsula enjoyed a decent pink salmon harvest for the first time in several years.
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