National Fisherman


KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — Record numbers of pink salmon caught in southeast Alaska waters in 2013 should return closer to average numbers next year, according to state biologists.
 
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts a commercial catch of about 22 million pink salmon in Southeast, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1hSqwqz ).
 
Fishermen this year caught a whopping 94 million pink salmon.
 
The lower number is far closer to what has been the norm in recent even-number years. Commercial fishermen in 2012 caught 21.3 million pinks. The lowest catch in recent years was about 11.6 million in 2006.
 
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