2020 Alaska Salmon Harvest Update 3 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2020 Alaska Salmon Harvest Update 3

The 2020 Alaska salmon season continues to lag behind previous years, though some areas see average or strong production. About 5.8 million fish have been landed so far this season; nearly 14 million fish had been landed at the same point in 2018.

Although data may be revised higher, YTD sockeye landings are more than 70% lower than 2019 and the 5-year average. Harvest in Bristol Bay has been particularly slow with production down about 80% from 2019 — but ahead of 2015 and 2016. Some areas of PWS saw better sockeye fishing last week while Cook Inlet slowed against prior years. The AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands region is about 50% behind 2019 and 80% lower than their 5-year average.

Pink landings are relatively strong due to harvest in the AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands region. However, it is still early for the species; peak harvest typically occurs in late July and early August.

Keta harvest is down 39% from the same time in 2019 and 50% lower than the 5-year average. Although the PWS region overall is 44% behind 2019, seining in the area has been relatively strong. AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands are 18% below last year but 10% ahead of the 5-year average. Kodiak is 85% ahead of 2019 and on par with the 5-year average.

An estimated 30 million pounds of salmon have been harvested so far in 2020. Anecdotal reports indicate average size of sockeye and pink are down in Bristol Bay and AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands.
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Garrett Evridge

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