salmon catch forecasts for pink salmon are low this year. Alaska Department of
Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Jeff Wadle(WAD-LEE) says humpies are coming
in weak around most parts of the island.
(Salmon Update 1 :17s “…in
a lot of the areas.”)
One area of exception though is the
Alitak district. He says that the numbers are right on with forecasts, and are
expected to continue to meet them until the fishery closes.
(Salmon Update 2 :12s “…highlight of
the island this year.”)
By the end
of July, the total number of pink salmon harvested for the Alitak district was 491
thousand, The department’s high end forecast for the season of one and a half
million pinks for the Alitak district. By contrast the forecast for the
Westside of the island was 7 point 4 million humpies. But the harvest only
reached 1 point 2 million through the end of July.
(WAD-LEE) says that weak pink salmon forecasts and harvests are causing closures.
(Salmon Update 3 :20s “…been below average.”)
As of Friday, current closures were
the Duck, Izhut and Kitoi bays, as well as Kodiak’s east side district. Elsewhere,
a 57 hour opener began on Saturday, and will close at 9 tonight (Monday).
The overall preseason forecast for
pink salmon in the Kodiak management area was estimated to be 13 million fish.
So far, it’s only reached about 2 point 4 million.