Alaska Salmon Update #6 July 21, 2020 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Alaska Salmon Update #6 July 21, 2020

Last week’s harvest pushed the total statewide catch past 50 million salmon, weighing in at an estimated 240 million pounds. While two weeks of strong fishing in Bristol Bay have lifted statewide totals, other areas of Alaska remain below expectation.

Harvest of about 11.6 million sockeye last week brings the yearly total for the species to just under 38 million fish. Bristol Bay has contributed around 90% of the total, with the region exceeding the 2020 ADF&G projection of 34.5 million fish. Other sockeye fisheries are behind the typical pace, with Kodiak and Ak Pen. & Aleutian Islands faring better than PWS, Cook Inlet, and Southeast.

The pink salmon harvest pace is similar to 2018 and slightly below the 10-year average (for even numbered years.) The peak of the statewide pink harvest is typically the last week of July or first week of August. According to the ADF&G harvest projection, PWS will contribute most pink production this year followed by Southeast and Kodiak. The Ak Pen. & Aleutian Islands region has exceeded its modest 2020 projection for the species.

Keta harvest continues to disappoint. Landings of about 3.4 million fish is about 54% lower than 2019 and 68% behind the 5-year average. Among all regions, Kodiak and Ak Pen. & Aleutian Islands are faring the best—and current figures exclude a full week of fishing for both regions due to confidentiality requirements. AYK and Southeast are 89% and 66% behind 2019, respectively.

Coho production is also behind 2019 and the 5-year average. Statewide Chinook landings are about a third lower than the 2019 pace, though Southeast production is relatively strong.

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Garrett Evridge

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