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Alaska Sees Record Commercial Salmon Catch
Alaska's commercial salmon catch has reached a record 260 million, up from 221 million in 2005.
ANCHORAGE- Alaska's commercial salmon catch has reached a record 260 million, up from 221 million in 2005.
During the last week of August alone, commercial fishermen netted about 24 million salmon, according to a state Fish and Game Department estimate.
Much of this year's catch has come from Southeast Alaska, with 85 million pinks and 98.4 million salmon total reported through Aug. 27,
Statewide, the harvest of 209.5 million pinks nearly doubled the state's forecast of 117.8 million. It also exceeded Fish and Game's forecast of 178 million for all salmon species in 2013.
An estimated 3.5 million coho have been harvested so far, compared to the forecast of 3.9 million.
Chum and sockeye catches are below predictions.