Adequate Capacity for 2009 Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 17, 2009

Processing capacity will be more than adequate to support Alaska’s largest salmon fishery this season, according to a report the Alaska Department of Fish & Game released late last week.

Responding to an ADF&G survey, 13 Bristol Bay salmon processors said they are prepared to handle a total of 30.7 million sockeye this season, 6.8 million fish more than the projected harvest, or 1.8 million fish per day.

ADF&G is calling for a 2009 Bristol Bay sockeye catch of 23.9 million fish, which would be up 7 percent from the 10-year average and the 21st largest harvest since 1983.

A total of 15 processors, representing almost 98 percent of 2008 Bristol Bay sockeye landings, were asked to participate in the survey; of the two that declined to respond, one is unsure whether it will operate this season, while the other will not operate.

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