Alaska salmon harvest tops 2005's record haul

The 2013 Alaska commercial salmon catch is a record total of 260 million as of Aug. 27.

Commercial fishermen landed about 24 million salmon in the last week of August, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s bluesheet estimate.

Much of the catch is coming from Southeast Alaska, where fishermen landed about 13 million pinks from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, for a total of 85 million pinks and 98.4 million salmon total.

Statewide, the harvest of 209.5 million pinks nearly doubled the state’s pink forecast of 117.8 million fish, and also exceeded ADFG’s forecast of 178 million for all salmon species in 2013. The salmon fisheries have also exceeded the 2005 harvest record of 221 million salmon.

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