Russia’s wild salmon season kicked off this week with projections of a big increase in catches -- though last year the finally tally was well off what researchers predicted.

Russia’s Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO) is projecting a harvest increase of 35 percent over last year's take, for a total catch of 459,300 metric tons.

The figure, however, is 8 percent lower than 2019, which is the best year of comparison given the two-year life cycle of pink salmon, which make up the majority of the country's catch.