Latest statewide data shows commercial catch of over 220M salmon

Even with the closure of Prince William Sound commercial salmon fisheries for 2023, the harvest inched up slightly statewide over the past week. The latest preliminary catch reports total in excess of 220 million fish, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) biologists said.

Through Tuesday, the update included 220.5 million salmon, including 147.8 million pinks, 50.2 million sockeyes, 20.3 million chum, over 2 million coho, and 188,000 Chinooks, the report said.

For the central region deliveries to processors stood at 107.6 million fish, including nearly 59 million humpies, upwards of 43 million sockeyes, 5.3 million chum, 238,000 coho, and 13,000 Chinooks. Within that area a total of 63.2 million fish were delivered to processors, including over 56 million pinks,

4.9 million chum, 1.9 million sockeyes, 139,000 coho, and 8,000 kings.

For the westward region, deliveries totaled 50.6 million salmon, including nearly 42 million pinks, 6.2 million sockeyes, two million chum, 450,000 coho, and 19,000 kings.

Southeast region deliveries brought in 62 million salmon, including 47 million pinks, nearly 13 million chum, 1.3 million cohos, 156,000 Chinooks, and 838,000 sockeyes.

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The Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, with severe limits on commercial fisheries due to low returns, had 165,000 salmon delivered, including 156,000 chum, 5,000 coho, and 4,000 pink salmon. Commercial fishing continued to be closed on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

Fresh sockeye salmon fillets were still available at $12.95 a pound at 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage. Independent online seafood shop FishEx had Copper River king premium portions for $89.95 and Copper River premium sockeye portions for $49.46 a pound, plus 20-pound cases of Copper River kings at $1,700.10 per case and 20-pound boxes of premium sockeyes at $989.10 a case. 

FishEx also had 20-pound cases of Copper River sockeye salmon tail portions on sale for $287.10 per case.

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