2nd Copper River opener yields 130,000 sockeye
A second 36-hour commercial fishing opener on the Copper River was set to begin at 7 a.m. on 4 June, in the wake of a 31 May period that brought in 1,800 chinook, 130,000 sockeye and 9,000 chum salmon.
Prices at Pike’s Market on the Seattle waterfront were holding at USD 49.95 for whole reds and USD 29.99 a pound for whole kings, while fillets were garnering USD 16,000 a pound for reds and USD 44.99 a pound for kings. In the Anchorage area, fresh Copper River sockeye salmon entrees at about USD 30 a plate were remaining very popular.
Through 2 June, the preliminary Copper River salmon harvest was 6,800 kings, 911,000 reds, 9,000 chum and fewer than 1,000 coho salmon.
The preliminary harvest estimate from the 48-hour period May 31-June 1 was 1,800 chinook, 130,000 sockeye and 9,000 chum salmon, compared to an anticipated harvest of 1,800 chinook and 85,400 sockeye salmon of this period.