Sockeyes drive AK early salmon catches

Alaska's salmon catch will really start to kick into high gear as more reds run to Bristol Bay.

by | June 29, 2022

Filed Under Catch Updates

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%.

Weekly salmon catch updates are compiled by Sam Friedman at McKinley Research Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Sign up for free and give feedback at

Alaska’s 2022 statewide salmon catch is projected at 160.6 million fish, down 32% from the previous year harvest of 235 million salmon.

Find daily salmon catches with ADF&G’s Blue Sheet at the home page

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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