Bristol Bay sockeye predictions high for next year

Next year’s Bristol Bay sockeye return could number 46.5 million.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that between 36 and 56 million sockeye will return to Bristol Bay next summer, another big year even if the total comes in at the low end. That’s a little less than the 2015 return, said Area Management Biologist Tim Sands after the forecast was released Oct. 29.

“It’s lower than last year, than the 2015 season, but it’s higher than the 10-year average,” he said.

That run would still allow for a harvest of nearly 30 million, which would be the third above-average bay harvest in a row.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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