Pink catches sockeye in salmon season

Sockeye salmon catches continue to break records in the 2014 Alaska salmon season, but pink salmon volumes have caught up, and as of the end of July had leapt ahead of the surging sockeye numbers.

Sockeye continues to pour in, with over 40 million fish recorded caught as of 2 August, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Those totals already make up 120 percent of the projected 2014 total catch a little over halfway through the season.

Chinook, or king salmon, is also ahead of forecast, with the latest catches totaling 397,000, approximately 133 percent of the projected total catch for the season. The big news this month, however, is pink salmon, which after a slow start has a total catch so far of over 44 million fish.

Coho numbers are predictably lower, with about 1.4 million fish, and chum salmon catches total 7.5 million as of 2 August.


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