Hatcheries Again Add One-Third to the Alaska Salmon Catch
This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –
Salmon that got their start in Alaska hatcheries are maintaining a decade long trend of comprising one third of the statewide catch.
In 2018, a hatchery harvest of 39 million salmon – mostly chums and pinks - was 34 percent of the total take, valued at $176 million to Alaska fishermen.
Forty one million adult salmon returned to Alaska’s 29 hatcheries last year, shy of the 54 million fish forecast, and below the 61 million 10 year average...
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