Will the beginning be the best of the season?

The 49th seafood business, a self-proclaimed “cornerstone of Alaska’s economy,” has kicked off the salmon season with a healthy though less than great catch of Copper River sockeye, but the summer ahead looks far from rosy.

Despite the efforts of the Alaska congressional delegation to organize a financial bailout for processors, they are reported to be still sitting on freezers full of sockeye from the record harvest in Bristol Bay last year.

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