It could be the algae. It could be ‘the blob’. It could be something else entirely.

Whatever the reason, this year’s Southeast salmon season is now expected to miss preseason forecasts.

“For pink salmon and purse seine, we’re definitely not where were thought we’d be for this point,” said Scott Forbes, assistant Juneau-area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Before the start of the season, biologists predicted a harvest of 58 million pink salmon and were 80 percent confident that the harvest would be between 37 million and 79 million pinks.

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