Preliminary summary gives Bristol Bay highest exvessel value ever

Kvichak Bay in April, 2019 (Photo courtesy of Captain Kyle)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - After reviewing preliminary data from the season, Alaska Department of Fish & Game says that 2019 appears to be have produced the highest exvessel value of all time at $306.5 million.

That means the money paid to boat captains as they unloaded their catches at dock was the highest ever, though the numbers don't include adjustments for icing, bleeding, or production bonuses.

The ADF&G summary also shows that the sockeye fun of 56.5 million fish is the fourth largest ever, 45% above normal for the last 20 years. It was also the second-highest harvest of all species of salmon of all time as well as for sockeye salmon. The sockeye run also ended up being 46% above the preseason predictions overall.

Other highlights of the report:

  • Chinook harvest of 30,579 fish was below the 20-year average of 43,397

  • Chinook escapement of 46,763 was below the goal of 55,000-120,000 fish

  • Coho salmon harvest of 75,517 was also below the 20-year average of 93,339.

  • It was the fifth consecutive year that inshore sockeye salmon runs exceeded 50 million fish.
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