National Fisherman

High escapement projections for rivers surrounding Alaska are will mean a big increase in the king salmon catch this year.
The total number of Chinook available for harvest is more than double what it was last year, at 439,400, fish up from 176,000 in 2013 and 266,800 in 2012, the Juneau Empire reports, citing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
For trolling, which catches the largest percentage commercially, that number is also striking, said Pattie Skannes, troll management biologist for the ADF&G.
The troll allocation is set at 325,411 chinook. Last year, it was 129,862.
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