Commercial harvests of sockeye, Chinook and chum salmon in the Copper River salmon fishery reached a preliminary total of nearly 273,000 fish on Tuesday, with results still being counted from the opener on Monday.

The estimated 256,205 sockeyes were near the anticipated harvest for reds, while the 5,870 Chinooks were just below their anticipated catch, said Jeremy Botz, gillnet area management biologist in Cordova for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

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