2011 Statewide Commercial Salmon Forecast

The Statewide forecast for 2011 is estimated to total 203 million salmon of all species. This would be the fifth largest total harvest, and fourth highest pink salmon harvest, since Alaska became a state adn took over the management of its fisheries in 1960. All major pink salmon producing areas are expected to produce abundant harvests. Statewide sockeye and chum salmon are also expected to generate excellent harvests, with chum salmon predicted to provide the fifth largest harvest since 1960.

the Statewide Chinook forecast is not yet available, because the Southeast harvest quota is set under the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and won’t be released until late March or early April.

The 2011 harvest forecasts for the other four salmon species are 45.1 million sockeye salmon, 4.7 million coho salmon; 133.7 million pink salmon and 19.2 million chum salmon.

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