Weekly Alaska Salmon Harvest Update #4 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Weekly Alaska Salmon Harvest Update #4

Although 2020’s harvest is slow compared to recent years, improved fishing last week is narrowing the gap. Total production of 13.6 million fish is about half the volume observed in prior even-number years at this point in the season. All regions of the state are producing salmon with Bristol Bay accounting for about 60% of the total harvest so far (measured in number of fish).

YTD statewide harvest of about 9.7 million sockeye is 56% and 62% behind the 2019 and 5-year average pace, respectively. The deficit is improving though, due primarily to Bristol Bay which exceeded daily harvest of one million fish for the first time this season on Friday. The current week is typically the peak for Bristol Bay production, though early empirical research indicates a late salmon return. Most other sockeye-producing regions have improved from last week but generally lag historical levels.

While pink salmon harvest is well above 2018, the 2020 harvest pace is below other even-numbered years. Total volume of 1.7 million pinks is a relatively small amount of production, equaling about five million pounds or about 3% of the 2020 projected total.

Keta production is trending stronger with improved harvest last week in PWS and relatively strong harvest in the AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands region. Production of the species is increasing in the AYK region, but at a relatively slow pace. Keta harvest in Kodiak has been strong while Southeast and Bristol Bay are behind 2019.

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Garrett Evridge

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