Sockeye salmon market soars, Alaska reds recap
This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch --- Sockeye markets soar and that’s good for all salmon.
Sockeye salmon accounted for 44 percent of the Alaska’s total 2018 harvest and nearly 60 percent of the value. Fishermen caught 50 million sockeyes across Alaska this year valued at $350 million at the docks.
Fewer than nine million sockeyes came from non-Bristol Bay regions where catches were the worst in more than four decades. At Chignik, for example, 128 sockeyes were landed.
At Bristol Bay, a catch of over 41 million reds was the second largest ever. It also was the most valuable catch for fishermen, topping $281 million. After bonuses and post season adjustments are added in, that could climb to more than $335 million,...
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