Alaska's Bristol Bay next year could see its biggest salmon run on record.

A University of Washington Bristol Bay forecast is predicting a return of 71.9 million sockeye to Bristol Bay in 2022, which is 38 percent higher than the 10-year average of 52 million, according to a study the university's Alaska Salmon Program published Monday.

If the figures bear out, it will mean a harvest of 52.4 million sockeye weighing an estimated 252.4 million pounds.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) also released its forecast Monday, projecting a 75.27