Waters in Bristol Bay are 3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than normal this year.

This data comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose scientists have been keeping an increasingly close watch on ocean temperatures up and down North America's West Coast since a mysterious "warm blob" first settled in the Gulf of Alaska in 2013.

To the average onlooker, the phenomenon seems to be scaring the fish off.

The sockeye harvest is 75% short compared to the five-year average harvest for this time period, indicating to scientists that the projected largest harvest since 1995 won’t happen until later this year.

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