Alaska Salmon Harvest #7 - P.O.W. Report

Monday, July 27, 2020

Alaska Salmon Harvest #7

The focus of Alaska’s salmon harvest is shifting from sockeye to pink as Bristol Bay winds down. Although the season has improved significantly over the past four weeks, many areas of the state are behind historical averages.

The 2020 sockeye harvest is nearly complete. While Kodiak, Southeast and other areas will see sockeye landings through September, less than 10% of the annual sockeye catch is typically harvested after statistical week 30. Preliminary data from ADF&G indicate the average weight of 2020 Bristol Bay sockeye are slightly more than 5.0 pounds, extending a trend of declining average weight for the species. Nearly 42 million sockeye have been harvested statewide, a pace 19% behind last year's record production but on par with the 10-year average.
This week and next are typically the peak of the pink harvest. Measured by number of fish, the current pace is comparable to 2018, but generally behind the longer-term even-year average. Harvest has been relatively strong in Kodiak and the AK Peninsula. & Aleutian Islands region but lagging in Southeast. PWS is behind 2018 and its historical average.

Just four million keta have been landed in 2020, the lowest for this point in the season in at least 12 years (and likely more). Only Kodiak is ahead of 2019, with all other areas behind. Southeast and the AYK region are particularly slow, with both far behind historical levels.

Coho landings are also trending below typical levels with YTD harvest of 218,000 fish. In most years, at least one million coho have been harvested by week 30. Chinook landings are behind the 2019 pace, though harvest in Southeast is ahead of last year.

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Garrett Evridge

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