Alaska salmon harvest to jump 80% in 2017

Pink salmon harvest will increase significantly, while sockeye catches will see a drop, according to a new ADF&G report.

Alaska's 2017 salmon harvest is expected to increase significantly this year, according to a new report released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Friday.

Total commercial harvest is expected to rocket 81.3 percent to 204 million salmon, which is substantially greater than the 112.5 million salmon harvested last year.

This includes 80,000 chinook salmon in areas outside southeast Alaska, 40.8 million sockeye salmon, 4.7 million coho salmon, 141.9 million pink salmon, and 16.7 million chum salmon.

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The projected pink salmon harvest is about 102.7 million more than harvested in 2016, when catches hit 39.2 million fish.

ADF&G projects the sockeye salmon to be about 12 million fewer than were harvested in last year, while the coho salmon harvest is expected to be about 778,000 more than were harvested in 2016.

The chum salmon harvest is expected to be about 1.2 million more than were harvested in 2016.

ADF&G's projections reflect potential harvests for most of the major sockeye salmon fisheries as well as for large hatchery runs, including pink, sockeye, and chum salmon to the southeast Alaska, Kodiak, and Prince William Sound areas.

Overall 2016 harvest totaled 112 million, which was about 49 million fewer salmon than the pre-season forecast of 161 million.

The combined harvest was composed of 434,000 chinook, 52.9 million sockeye, 3.9 million coho, 39 million pink, and 16 million chum salmon.

Click here to see the Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2017 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2016 Season on the ADF&G website.

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