Salmon season reaches critical weeks

Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon had a slow start since it’s opening on June 8, but seems to have picked up in the past weeks. Sockeye landings in Bristol Bay this season to date have totaled 343,000 fish on the 2016 Blue Sheet from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, reports Kyla Ganton in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

The next six weeks of landings will be a critical indicator of how the Alaska salmon fishery will go this season.

The South Alaska Penninsula has had strong harvests, followed by Copper River and the Prince William Sound at 804,000 Sockeye.

Statewide total harvests to date are 5.8 million fish, representing less than 5 percent of the Commercial Salmon Harvest Predictions for this season.

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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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