Kodiak area salmon season continues to trudge along, with little sign of
this weekend the all species catch for the season, which opened on June 5th,
was just over 508-thousand fish. About 390-thousand of those were sockeye, with
another 76-thousand chum and 33-thousand pink salmon being caught. Only 74 coho
and about 7-thousand king salmon have been harvested in the commercial fishery
so far this year. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist
Jeff Wadle says most of the harvest so far has taken place in the Alitak
District on the south end of the island.
Salmon 1 :24s “…variable
year for sure.”)
department had predicted a smaller harvest this season, compared to recent
years, which have posted above average catches of red and pink salmon. Still,
managers are worried that this year’s salmon runs around the island may be weak
or late. The all species total last year at this time was about 655-thousand.
Wadle says he hopes things will pick up soon.
Salmon 2 :13s “…open
up for a 57-hour period.”)
slow start to the season has brought with it low effort on the part of
fishermen. Wadle says only about 30 seiners have made deliveries so far this
season. About 140 or so setnetters have made deliveries, but with the west side
being shut down for the past two weeks a good chunk of them haven’t been
fishing lately. Prices for sockeye salmon are still averaging more than a
dollar per pound.