Bristol Bay 2024 sockeye forecast down 32%

The 2024 sockeye projection for Bristol Bay would be well below the 10 year average.

by | September 23, 2023

Filed Under Forecasts | Salmon

Lower harvest, but heftier weights predicted

The initial 2024 sockeye harvest at Bristol Bay is predicted at 26.4 million reds, which would be 32% below the ten year average.

That’s based on a projected run of 38.9 million sockeye, according to the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute (FRI). has published a preliminary forecast of the 2024 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run.

The projected average weight of sockeye salmon in 2024 is 5.5 pounds.

A recap of the 2023 fishery at Bristol Bay shows a harvest of 39.4 million sockeye for the season and a total run of 53.3 million reds.

The 2023 harvest is just shy of the 2016-2021 average harvest of 41.8 million sockeye, but well short of the 2022 record 61.0 million fish harvest.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association provides a link HERE to read the FRI’s Preliminary 2024 Sockeye Forecast for Bristol Bay and other news of interest from the region.

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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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