Alaskan salmon harvest fourth largest since statehood

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 November 2007, at 12:00am

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Games Division of has announced preliminary end-of-season estimates for 2007 season's commercial salmon harvest and value.

All estimates of salmon prices at this time are preliminary and usually underestimate the final value of the commercial salmon harvest.

This season, commercial fishermen harvested 212 million salmon, which had an estimated total value of $374 million. The harvest was the fourth largest since statehood, about 33 million fish above the preseason forecast, and above the most recent 10-year average of 164 million fish. The preliminary 2007 statewide total ex-vessel value of the 2007 salmon harvest was nearly $28 million higher than the final ex-vessel value in 2006, and significantly higher than the most recent 10-year average of $277 million.