What a difference a week makes! The latest preliminary Alaska commercial salmon harvest totals from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show the catch has jumped from 58 million to closing in on 75 million fish.
As of July 23, commercial harvesters had delivered to processors some 74,766,000 fish, including 34,558,000 pink, 27,109,000 sockeye, 12,085 chum, 729,000 silver and 284,000 king salmon.
While the Bristol Bay fishery was essentially over, after a run of some 23 million fish, with a cumulative harvest of 15.5 million sockeye, the total for Prince William Sound closed to over 28 million fish harvested, including 22,636,000 pink, 3,326,000 chum, nearly 2.2 million red, 14,000 silver and 10,000 king salmon.
In the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region, the Lower Yukon harvest of chum salmon reached 404,000 fish, the Upper Yukon delivered 82,000 chum, Norton Sound had 58,000 chum, and Kuskokwim Bay and Kuskokwim River had a total of 105,000 chum, plus 4,000 coho and 2,000 king salmon.
In Cook Inlet, the catch has reached 2.6 million fish, including 2,355,000 red, 87,000 chum, 62,000 silver, 59,000 pink and 5,000 king salmon, mainly from the central district of Upper Cook Inlet.
In Southeast Alaska, the harvest stands at over 16 million fish, including 8.8 million pink, 6.1 million chum, 490,000 silver, 411,000 red and 214,000 kings.
Off the Alaska Peninsula, harvesters have delivered 4.3 million fish, mainly from the South Peninsula, including 2.5 million red, 1,043,000 pink, 620,000 chum, 118,000 silver and 4,000 kings.
Kodiak area harvesters have caught over 4 million salmon, including 1.8 million red, 1.8 million pink, 429,000 chum, 29,000 king and 19,000 silver salmon, and at Chignik, the harvest has reached 2.5 million fish, with a catch of 2.2 million red, 201,000 pink, 118,000 chum, 17,000 silver and 3,000 kings.