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Total wild Alaska salmon harvest value falls 13% year-on-year

Value of total Chinook harvests falls to the lowest level since 1975.

Total wild salmon harvests in the Alaska commercial salmon fishery reached 114.5 million fish in 2018, with an estimated ex-vessel value of $349.2 million (€306.7 million), according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

This is a 13 percent decrease in value from 2017.

In terms of volume, harvests amounted to 605.1 million pounds, or 274,468 metric tons.

Sockeye salmon harvests made up 59 percent of total value at $349.2 million (€306.7 million), and 44 percent of total harvest at 49.9 million fish.

Chum salmon were the second most valuable species comprising 21 percent of total ex-vessel value at $125 million (€109.8 million) and 18 percent of total harvest at 20.1 million fish.

Pink salmon accounted for 12 percent of total value at $69.2 million (€60.8 million), and 36 percent of total harvest at 40.7 million fish. Coho salmon made up 6 percent of total value at $35.5 million (€31.2 million) and 3 percent of total harvest at 3.6 million fish.

Chinook salmon harvest was estimated at 234,614 fish with an estimated preliminary value of $16.3 million (€14.3 million). The harvest value for Chinook salmon in 2018 was the lowest since limited entry began in 1975.

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