Written by Jen Finn
Alaska's salmon harvest and value for 2012 came in well below last year, dropping 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
According to preliminary state tallies, the value of the salmon catch totaled nearly $506 million at the docks this summer on a statewide catch of 124 million fish. That compares to a 2011 take of 177 million salmon valued at just more than $641 million.
A breakdown shows that the 2012 king harvest of 333,000 was worth $17.6 million; 35.2 million sockeyes were valued at nearly $246 million; the coho catch of 3 million rang in at about $22.5 million; pinks totaled 67 million fish worth more than $105 million; and the chum catch of 18.3 million was worth $114.5 million at the docks.
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
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