Bristol Bay sees third-largest sockeye run

The Department of Fish and Game released a summary of the Bristol Bay 2015 fishing season, now noting a total inshore run of 58 million sockeye salmon.

That makes 2015 a near-record-setting year, says Fish and Game area biologist Tim Sands. “It’s second out of the last 20 years – the only one that beat it was 1995 – and it’s the third-largest run of all time,” said Sands.

This year’s harvest was counted at 37.6 million sockeye, which Sands say is the fourth largest ever, using records going back to the 1880s.

Following the end of the season and the final daily run summary, the total run has jumped by several million sockeye. Sands says aerial survey information added an estimated 5.7 million fish in the Alagnak River, which accounts for most of the difference.

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