Alaska salmon harvest tops 104 million

The statewide commercial salmon catch has topped 100 million fish.

Through Aug. 5, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, estimated that commercial fishermen had landed 104.7 million salmon, including 40.7 million sockeyes, 54 million pinks, 1.5 million cohos, 8 million chums and 401,000 kings.

Sockeye catches have slowed —about 40.1 million sockeyes were caught through July 29 — and the climbing salmon catches are driven largely by pinks. Between July 30 and Aug. 6, commercial fishermen reported landing about 16 million pink salmon, as well as 1 million chums.

Prince William Sound fishermen have landed the largest portion of the state’s pinks, about 35.4 million. Those were caught primarily by seiners, who have also harvested about 347,000 chum, 49,000 sockeye and 12,000 cohos. The total Sound salmon harvest through Aug. 5 was 39.9 million salmon.

At Bristol Bay, fishermen have landed about 98,000 pinks, and a total 29.3 million salmon.

Kodiak fishermen have harvested about 5.6 million pinks, slightly edging out the region’s total sockeye catch of 5.3 million fish.

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