Harvests of other salmon species going slow
Alaska salmon harvest levels are running slightly ahead of last year’s pace (2020 for pinks) fueled by strong sockeye salmon harvests in the Alaska Peninsula and Bristol Bay regions.
By June 29 more than 15 million sockeye salmon were harvested across Alaska, mostly from the South Alaska Peninsula (5.6 million) and Bristol Bay (9.1 million).
The harvest counts for other salmon species are underperforming. The early season pink salmon harvest was down 41% from 2020 at just over a million fish, nearly all from the South Peninsula. The chum catch at just over two million was down 12%.
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Alaska’s 2022 statewide salmon catch is projected at 160.6 million fish, down 32% from the previous year harvest of 235 million salmon.