2011 Salmon Harvest Could Be Worth $1 Billion Counting

The Department of Fish and Game says this years salmon harvest could be the third largest in the past thirty years.

Alaska. Red (sockeye) salmon (Onchorynchus nerka) spawning in a creek.

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by Megan Mazurek

The Department of Fish and Game says this years salmon harvest could be the third largest in the past thirty years.
Preliminary numbers show this years catch is valued at $603 million, which ranks just behind the 1988 and 2010 harvests.
Southeast Alaska took first place with a harvest worth more than $203 million followed by Bristol Bay at $137 million. Prince William Sound had the third largest harvest at $101 million that which was mostly made up of pinks and sockeyes.
Officials attribute the strong numbers to product diversification with such items as salmon patties and Alaska's seafood industry doing a good job of educating the public of the benefits of wild Alaskan salmon over farmed fish.
When all the numbers are added up, this salmon season could be valued at over $1 billion.

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