Snapshot of Alaska Salmon Fisheries: June 3, 2021
It’s early June and coastal Alaskans are living, breathing, and thinking salmon. This week was a week of first openings for Bristol Bay, Prince William Sound, and Southeast Alaska.
The first run of the year opened on May 17 in south-central Alaska’s Copper River, followed this week by Prince William Sound. The Copper had three openers before the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) paused fishing to allow more escapement up the river. Harvest reached 57,000 salmon (52,000 sockeye, 5,000 Chinook) as the closure came and all eyes turned...
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