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2014 Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary

This summary provides management, harvest, and escapement information for the Alaska commercial salmon fishing season. This summary will be updated each Friday between mid-May and September. Please note, inseason harvest data published in this summary are preliminary and subject to change. For more information on the Blue Sheet, inseason summaries, and harvest timing charts, please see our Blue Sheet, Inseason Summary, and Harvest Timing Charts Overview page.

Updated Friday, September 12, 2014

Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery
Regional power troll coho salmon catch rates for the current week (stat week 37) are 149/day, which represents the highest catch per unit effort on record for week 37.  The highest catch rates for this week are within the waters of the Central Outside and Northern Outside areas, averaging 194 and 152 coho per day, respectively. Catch rates are above average in each portion of the region. Coho weights continue to rapidly increase, and are now averaging 7.7 lbs for the current week, with a seasonal average of 6.1 lbs.  The average price is currently $1.45/lb with an average summer price of $1.45/lb.  The cumulative coho harvest since July 1 is just under 1.74 million, with a peak weekly harvest of 272,000 during the week of July 20-26.

Based on projections by the department that coho escapement goals will be met after considering harvest and effort, the Southeast/Yakutat commercial troll fishery will be extended through September 30, as announced in a news release dated September 10. Projections for wild coho abundance and wild commercial coho harvest are both above average, at 4.3 million and 2.32 million respectively. This will be the 13th year since 1994 that the troll fishery was extended. During past coho season extension periods, an average of 0.6% of the annual troll coho harvest was taken and effort was relatively low.

The second Chinook salmon retention period of the summer was opened from August 14 through 18 to target the 36,051 fish remaining on the annual troll treaty quota.  The fishery was extended an additional 2 days from initially announced 3-day opening based on poor weather and reduced effort during the fishery. Preliminary estimates indicate a treaty harvest of approximately 54,000 fish by 651 permits, with an average weight of 11.6 lbs and average price of $3.52.

The 2014–2015 winter troll fishery will open according to regulation at 12:01 a.m., October 11, 2014. The 2014–2015 Winter Troll Fishery Management Plan will be available by early October in all ADF&G area offices and on the troll fishery website.

The 2014 Summer Troll Management Plans can be found on the Southeast troll website. Inseason catch and effort data for summer is available on the same site:

Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Fishery
There were no openings in the Southeast Alaska purse seine fishery in stat week 37. The season will likely close next week and that will conclude the 2014 season.

Southeast Drift Gillnet Fishery
Traditional area drift gillnet fisheries occur in Districts 1, 6, 8, 11, and 15.

Tree Point/Section 1-B
The Tree Point drift gillnet fishery was open for four days starting at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014. The effort level was above average with 38 vessels participating.  The harvest was below average for sockeye, pink, and chum salmon and average for coho salmon. Total harvest estimate for the week is 10 Chinook, 100 sockeye, 9,000 coho, 600 pink, and 7,000 chum salmon. Tree Point drift gillnet fishery is currently being managed based on the strength of returning wild stock coho salmon and fall chum salmon. The Hugh Smith weir which is located in Boca De Quadra has passed 950 adult coho at this time. The escapement goal is 500-1600.  Based on coho harvests and escapement, Tree Point will be open for four days beginning 12:01 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Prince of Wales and Stikine/Districts 6 and 8
Management focus of the District 6 and 8 gillnet fishery for this week's opener beginning September 7 was based on wild coho salmon abundance. Both districts opened for 96 hours. The catch rates in both districts continued to be above average this week. The number of participants decreased this week to below average. The coho salmon harvested this week is estimated to be approximately 50% hatchery fish. The proportion of the hatchery component will continue to increase steadily during the next few weeks. Both districts will open for 96 hours beginning Sunday, September 14.  

The most recent Stikine River sockeye salmon inseason abundance estimate is 227,000 fish, well above the 152,000 fish preseason forecast. The last inseason assessment for Stikine River king salmon made on June 20 was for a terminal run size of 26,000 fish.
Anita Bay THA: In 2014, approximately 15,400 king, 501,000 summer chum, and 15,500 coho salmon are expected to return. The cumulative gillnet harvest to date is 7,000 king salmon, 45,000 chum, and 600 coho salmon.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B
The District 11 fishery had an uptick in effort levels this week to a slightly above average count of 40 boats. The effort in Port Snettisham was very low, and catches there are confidential. Catch rates for coho continue to be above average while catch rates for chum are below average. This week's Taku River coho salmon inriver run estimate puts approximately 88,900 fish above-border, exceeding the 75,000 fish above border US management objective, and subtracting the Canadian inriver catch, the 75,000 fish escapement past all fisheries exceeds the 2014 bilateral escapement objective of 70,000 Taku coho. Aerial surveys of Taku side streams on the US side of the border observed very good numbers of coho for the time. Coho counts through the Speel Lake weir in Port Snettisham are also well above average for the time. Above average catch rates in the District 11 gillnet fishery as well as the Canadian in-river fishery, continuing above average catch rates in the northern troll fishery, and an average gillnet fleet size, suggest a continuing strong return of coho to the area. Distrct 11 will open for five days next week with the Speel Arm SHA open in conjunction with the traditional fishery.

Lynn Canal/District 15
The District 15 gillnet fishery was open for two days south of Seduction Point. The fishing effort was below average, with an estimated 60 boats participating. The chum salmon harvest was about 30% of the average, and while the coho salmon catch was slightly below average, the catch per unit effort was above average. Sockeye salmon harvest was 23% of the average. The harvest estimate for this week is five Chinook, 400 sockeye, 6,500 coho, and 3,800 chum salmon.

With fall season management in effect, the focus is on the strength of the returns of coho and chum salmon.  The coho salmon return in this district is strong, and the troll fishery indicates that coho salmon abundance is high in northern southeast Alaska.  The coho salmon catch in the Chilkat River fish wheels is well above average.  However, the chum salmon harvest and fish wheel catch is very low, and a cause of concern.  More restrictive management is necessary to increase escapement of chum salmon to area rivers. Chilkat Lake sockeye escapement continues to be low, and this management strategy will also serve to further reduce fishing pressure on the late portion of this stock.

In District 15, Section 15-A will be open south of the northernmost tip of Sullivan Island for two days. All of section 15-C will also be open for two days.

Yakutat Area Set Gillnet Fishery
Inclement weather and subsequent flood conditions severely hampered fishing effort this week in Yakutat.  In the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet, 60 permits harvested 20,000 coho salmon.  In the Tsiu River, nine permits harvested 11,000 coho salmon. The Tsiu River fishery remains on “trip limits” due to the shortage of aircraft to haul product to market.  Fewer than three permits fished the Akwe River, and harvest information for the Akwe remains confidential.  All other Yakutat systems were open, but not fished this week.

An aerial survey of the Tsiu River on September 9 revealed 22,000 fish above the markers; this is above the mid-range in the biological escapement goal (BEG) of 10,000 to 29,000 fish. A float survey of the Situk River on August 29 revealed 8,200 coho salmon; this is near the top end of the Situk River BEG of 9.800 fish. The attainment of these BEGs virtually insures that fishing periods for coho salmon will be on extended times through the end of the coho salmon season. The Yakutat set gillnet fishing season will remain open through the second week of October.

Terminal Harvest Area Fisheries
Terminal Harvest Area (THA) gillnet fisheries occur in Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Boat Harbor.  THA seine fisheries occur in Neets Bay, Kendrick Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Hidden Falls.

Nakat Inlet THA
The forecasted return of Nakat Inlet summer chum salmon is 280,000 and for fall chum salmon is 10,000. Nakat Inlet opened to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and troll gear on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The total estimated harvest is 188,000 chum salmon, or 65% of the forecast.  Harvest includes 75,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon inside the Nakat Inlet THA, plus approximately 99,000 gillnet-harvested and 14,000 purse seine-harvested chum salmon in traditional common property fisheries.

Neets Bay THA
The Neets Bay forecasted return for summer chum salmon is 1,800,000, for fall chum salmon is 140,000, for Chinook salmon is 18,100, and for coho salmon is 296,000. Neets Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The estimated harvest of chum salmon inside the Neets Bay THA is 6,300 Chinook salmon and 6,000 chum salmon by purse seine and 3,200 Chinook salmon and 900 chum salmon harvested by gillnet.  In the traditional common property fisheries, the estimated harvest of Neets Bay summer chum salmon is approximately 196,000 seine-harvested chums, 61,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon and 127,000 harvested by the troll fleet.  Cost recovery to date has harvested approximately 577,000 chum salmon with another 178,000 for broodstock needs.

Kendrick Bay THA
The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay summer chum salmon is 700,000. Kendrick Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by purse seine gear on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The total harvest is estimated at 452,000 chum salmon, or 65% of the forecast.  Of this harvest, approximately 103,000 have been harvested inside the Kendrick Bay THA and 333,000 have been harvested by seine and 16,000 by gillnet outside the THA in common property fisheries. 

Anita Bay THA
In 2014, approximately 15,400 king, 501,000 summer chum, and 15,500 coho salmon are expected to return. The cumulative gillnet harvest to date is 7,000 king salmon, 45,000 chum, and 500 coho salmon.

Deep Inlet THA
The Deep Inlet THA rotational fishing schedule for seine and gillnet began on June 1.  Forecast returns for the Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,170,000 chum salmon, 36,200 Chinook salmon, and 10,000 coho salmon.  Deep Inlet closed to all common property commercial fisheries on Saturday, August 16 to ensure NSRAA achieved their broodstock goals this season. The Deep Inlet rotational fishery re-opened on September 3 starting with one day of troll, followed by one day of seine then one day of gillnet. During the initial open periods last week, trollers harvested 3,000, seiners harvested 136,000, and gillnetters harvested 30,000 chum salmon.  The rotational fishery will continue through September. To date seiners have harvested 355,000 and gillnetters have harvested 197,000 chum salmon in the terminal harvest area. It is estimated seiners harvested an additional 45,000 hatchery chum salmon in the traditional seine fishery in Sitka Sound and trollers harvested 18,000 outside of the THA.  The total return, including broodstock is now estimated at approximately 870,000 chum salmon, 74% of forecast.  

Hidden Falls THA
Forecast returns for Hidden Falls THA includes 1,072,000 chum salmon, 6,100 king salmon, and 188,000 coho salmon.  The first common property purse seine opening occurred on June 15 and closed for the season on July 31.  The total common property chum salmon harvest for the season is approximately 250,000.  The total return to date is 426,000 chum salmon.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon
Prince William Sound (PWS)

PWS Purse Seine
The majority of Prince William Sound (PWS) has been opened to daily purse seine fishing periods for the entirety of the past week. The PWS aerial survey program has been grounded this past week due to weather. Stream escapements have been within escapement goals throughout the season.

The Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) began its pink salmon cost recovery sales program on Monday, June 23, and completed its goal on Sunday, July 13. VFDA reached its pink salmon egg take goal at Solomon Gulch Hatchery on Wednesday, August 21.

The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC)  reports pink salmon escapement estimates at PWSAC facilities on September 12 as follows: 8,000–20,000 pink salmon in the Armin F. Koernig Hatchery (AFK) Hatchery Escapement Exclusion Zone (HEEZ); 15,000–45,000 in the Cannery Creek Hatchery (CCH) Special Harvest Areas (SHA); and, 71,500–92,500 in the Wally Noerenberg Hatchery (WNH) HEEZ. The WNH pink salmon eggtake goal was reached on Saturday, August 30. The AFK pink salmon eggtake goal was reached on Friday, September 5. Through September 11, PWSAC reports eggtake progress of 95% towards the final goal at CCH.

The 2014 coho salmon return to VFDA is extremely weak. VFDA reports broodstock escapement at SGH of 1,000 coho salmon on September 12. The minimum broodstock requirement at Solomon Gulch Hatchery (SGH) is 1,000 coho salmon. Port Valdez will remain closed to commercial fishing. The department does not anticipate future commercial fishing opportunity in Port Valdez in 2014.

An estimated 36.8 million pink salmon have been harvested by the seine fleet in PWS to date. No purse seine harvest has been reported in PWS since August 28. It is anticipated that the 2014 PWS commercial purse seine fishing season will come to a close on Wednesday, September 17.

PWS Gillnet
The Copper River District was open for a 24-hour period on Thursday, September 4 and Monday, September 8. The Bering River was open for a 24-hour period on Thursday, September 4 and Monday, September 8. The last fishing period of the season for the Eshamy District was a 36-hour period Monday, September 1. The Coghill District was open to commercial drift gillnet and purse seine harvest for 12-hour periods daily on Thursday, September 4 through Wednesday, September 10.

For the week ending September 13, the actual Copper River delta aerial survey count was 34,475 coho salmon versus an anticipated range of 21,447–44,904 fish.  For the week ending September 13, the actual Bering River District aerial survey count was 19,325 versus an anticipated range of 8,803–22,345 coho salmon.

Currently there are an estimated 200-250 gillnet permits participating in CR/PWS gillnet fisheries. There are no processing capacity problems to report. Gillnet fishing effort  has begun to decrease as coho salmon fishing in the Copper River, Bering River and Coghill districts moves beyond peak run entry.

The harvest estimate from the period that closed Friday, September 5 was 38,700 coho salmon. The harvest estimate from the period that closed Tuesday, September 9 was 34,300 coho salmon. The cumulative Copper River District harvest to date is 257,000 coho salmon. The cumulative Bering River District harvest to date is 71,700 coho salmon. The cumulative Coghill District harvest to date is 116,000 coho salmon. Sockeye salmon runs are complete, and coho salmon harvest is starting to decline.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon
Bristol Bay

The 2014 Bristol Bay Salmon Season Summary is available (PDF 124 kB).

The counting tower project on Togiak Lake ceased operations after August 3. The final escapement to the Togiak River was 152,000 sockeye salmon. This is within the escapement goal range of 120,000 to 270,000. Sockeye salmon harvest was 426,000, bringing the total run to 578,000 sockeye salmon and short of the 720,000 preseason forecast. The last processor in operation ceased buying for the season at the close of fishing on August 29. The Togiak coho salmon harvest was 33,000.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon
Cook Inlet:

Upper Cook Inlet (UCI)
Currently there are seven commercial fisheries underway in Upper Cook Inlet (Chinitna Bay and Kustatan Subdistricts have received very little participation since their opening).

  • Central District Drift Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.
  • Western Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hours.
  • Northern District Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.
  • Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Kasilof and Kenai/E. Forelands sections are closed for the 2014 season.
  • Kalgin Island Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.

The Kasilof River sockeye salmon enumeration project began on June 15.  Through August 7, the cumulative sockeye salmon passage in the Kasilof River is approximately 440,000 fish.  This is above the upper end of the OEG and BEG. Sockeye salmon enumeration in the Kasilof River has ended for the 2014 season.

The Kenai River sockeye salmon enumeration project began on July 1.  Through August 4, the cumulative sockeye salmon passage was 1,090,000 fish.  This level of passage is above the lower end of the inriver goal (1,000,000 to 1,200,000 fish).  Beginning August 5, daily passage values are not reported in the Kenai River due to the high abundance of pink salmon at the sonar site.  Values will be reported post season.

Typically by this time of the season participation drops off significantly.  Currently there is no participation in the Western Subdistrict and Kalgin Island set gillnet fisheries. Participation is limited to a few individuals in the Northern District set gillnet fishery and the Central District drift gillnet fishery. All participation in Upper Cook Inlet commercial fisheries usually ends by the second week of September. The Northern District Set Gillnet fishery regular season opened on June 26.  Harvest since the June 26 opening is approximately 33,660 sockeye salmon and 94 king salmon.

The Western Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery opened on Monday, June 16.  Approximately 84 king salmon and 33,760 sockeye salmon have been harvested since the opening period.

The Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery opened on Thursday, June 19.  Harvest is estimated at 1,475,899 sockeye salmon and 303 king salmon. This includes 8,300 sockeye salmon and 11 king salmon from the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet Fishery has harvested and estimated at 704,760 sockeye salmon and 2,055 king salmon as of August 6. This includes 180,000 sockeye salmon and 550 king salmon from the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Kalgin Island Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery has harvested an estimated 30,750 sockeye salmon and 10 king salmon.

The Central District drift gillnet fishery is restricted to Drift Gillnet Areas 3 and 4 for the remainder of the 2014 season.  Additionally, Chinitna Bay was opened to drift gillnetting on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 am until 7 pm beginning August 29.

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)
The Outer, Eastern, Southern and Kamishak Bay districts will close to purse seine harvest for the 2014 season at 12:01 AM on Sunday, September 14. The set gillnet fishery in the Southern District remains open through September 30 as per 5AAC 21.310. There have been no commercial deliveries reported since August 29 for purse seine, and August 15 for set gillnet. Subsistence harvest in the Port Chatham and Windy Bay subdistricts closed on August 1, however subsistence harvest remains open through September 30 in the Port Graham and Dogfish Bay (Koyuktolik) subdistricts, per 5AAC 01.560.

The preliminary estimate of the 2014 Lower Cook Inlet Area commercial salmon harvest based on current fish ticket data was 651,000 salmon. The harvest was composed of 298,000 pink, 278,000 sockeye, 73,500 chum, 791 coho, and 368 Chinook salmon. The harvest was comprised of 444,000 (68.2%) commercial common property fishery (CPF) fish, and 207,000a (31.8%) hatchery cost recovery and broodstock fish.

For more information see the Sept 12, 2014 news release.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon

The following areas are open until further notice: The Izhut, Outer Kitoi Bay, and Southwest Afognak sections of the Afognak District, the Outer Ayakulik, Halibut Bay, Sturgeon, Inner Karluk, and Outer Karluk sections of the Southwest Kodiak District, and the Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District.

Karluk River late-run sockeye salmon have exceeded the upper value of the escapement goal with 404,422 fish counted.   The Karluk River Chinook salmon run is weak and non-retention of Chinook salmon has been imposed on the seine fleet.

Ayakulik River late-run sockeye salmon were average with approximately 87,671 fish counted through the weir.  Ayakulik Chinook were weak and the weir was removed on September 4th.

In Alitak, late-run sockeye salmon escapement into Upper Station is average with 173,116 sockeye salmon counted to date. Sockeye salmon escapement through Dog Salmon weir was strong with 217,461 fish counted when the weir was removed on August 19th.

The Buskin, Afognak, Saltery, Pauls, Kaflia, Swikshak, Uganik, Little River, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, and Perenosa Bay river sockeye salmon runs all met or exceeded their goals.

Purse seine participation is up from previous years however gillnet participation about normal.

The current Kodiak Management Area (KMA) sockeye salmon commercial harvest is 2,856,542 fish which is above average to date.  10,250,083 pink salmon have been harvested to date which is below average.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon
Alaska Peninsula

North Peninsula
This is the Last Blue Sheet for the North Alaska Peninsula for 2014 (9/12/2014). Weekly scheduled fishing periods are occurring in the Nelson Lagoon Section from Monday until Saturday. The Port Moller Bight, Bear River, Three Hills, and Ilnik sections have been open and parts of the area will remain open for the duration of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season but most fishermen have stopped fishing.

Ilnik River weir was pulled for the season as scheduled on July 11 with over 58,000 sockeye salmon through the weir for the season, meeting the escapement goal of 40,000-60,000 fish.  Bear River has passed a total of 408,000 sockeye salmon through the weir as of August 23 which the weir was pulled for the season as scheduled at that time. Daily weir counts prior to removal were very strong at over 7,000 fish per day. The late Bear River sockeye salmon run which begins on August 1 has an escapement goal through August 25 of 87,000-165,000 fish and as of August 23, 157,000 fish are counted toward this goal. The July 31 early Bear River run escapement goal is 176,000-293,000 sockeye salmon and the July 31 Bear River escapement was 259,00 sockeye salmon.  The Sandy River weir was removed for the season as scheduled on July 21 with over 54,000 sockeye salmon, meeting the season ending escapement goal of 34,000-74,000 fish. The Nelson River was removed for the season on July 23 with 237,400 sockeye salmon and exceeded the season ending goal of 97,000-219,000 fish by July 25. Aerial survey on Meshik River showed about 109,000 sockeye salmon, exceeding the upper goal of 100,000 fish. Final aerial surveys are all complete for the season. Coho salmon runs are strong this year.

Fishing effort is has ended in the Nelson Lagoon Section. Coho salmon harvests were good for 2014. Only one vessel remains fishing in the Bear River Section. The entire North Peninsula sockeye salmon harvest is approximately 1.95 million fish.

The Ocean River, a tributary of the Ilnik River, is flowing directly into the Ilnik Lagoon this year. Aerial surveys are occurring on all river systems for coho salmon and will be finalized in the next few days.

South Alaska Peninsula
Commercial salmon fishing in the Southwestern, South Central, and Southeastern districts occurred from 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 8 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10. The fishing period was extended for 48 hours until 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 12, due to high abundance of coho salmon in the daily harvest.  Fishing periods in September are based primarily on the abundance of coho salmon. The catch per unit effort (CPUE) of coho salmon during current fishing periods will be compared to previous years' harvest to determine if extensions to the fishing period is warranted.

Several aerial surveys have been conducted in the Southwestern, South Central, and Southeastern districts over the past week.  No significant buildup of pink or chum salmon have been seen in any other systems at this point in the season. This season participation in the Post-June fisheries is consistent with previous years.

With the exception of Chinook salmon, the total harvest to date of other species is below average.  To date a total of 6,707 Chinook, 1,400,728 sockeye, 297,960 coho, 725,667 pink, and 501,337 chum salmon have been harvested in the South Peninsula.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon

The Chignik Management Area (CMA) closed to commercial salmon fishing on Thursday, August 28 after processors ceased operations in the area. After September 14th, fisherman with a secure market for their catch that are interested in additional fishing periods in 2014 should contact Chignik management staff at the Chignik weir (845-2243) until September 28 after which staff can be contacted in Kodiak (486-1830).

For the past week, sockeye salmon escapement into the Chignik River averaged 1,300 fish per day. Through September 3, the last day the weir was operational, a total of 268,061 late-run sockeye salmon passed the weir which is within the late-run escapement goal of 250,000–400,000 fish. The estimated cumulative early-run sockeye salmon escapement was 360,381 fish which was within the early-run escapement goal of 350,000–450,000 fish. Aerial surveys of other CMA streams and rivers have indicated healthy escapements of local pink and chum salmon stocks in the Central, Western, and Perryville districts. Low to moderate pink and chum salmon escapement were observed in Eastern District streams.  The area-wide even-year pink salmon goal (200,000 to 500,000 fish) and the chum salmon sustainable escapement goal lower bound (57,400 fish) have been met.  A total of 67 permits have made deliveries in 2014. The Chignik River early run failed to materialize as forecasted which resulted in no commercial salmon fishing periods in June and early July.  The Chignik salmon fishery opened on July 12 which was one of the latest openers in the history of the CMA.

Traditionally, the majority of sockeye salmon harvest in the Eastern and Central districts occurs in June. Due to no fishing periods allowed on the early run, sockeye salmon harvests in these districts were well below average for the season. In addition to the poor harvest in the Eastern and Central districts, the Chignik Bay district experienced the lowest sockeye salmon harvest since at least 1970. Conversely, fisherman in the Western District harvested the highest number of sockeye salmon in the history of the CMA. Increased fishing effort and the resulting high harvest within the Western District was largely due to an exceptionally long stretch of nice weather and a strong and slightly early return of pink salmon within the district which allowed for several long extensions to the fishing periods in late July and early August. A total of 617,395 sockeye salmon were harvested in the CMA this season.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon

Yukon River
The projected fall chum salmon run size is greater than 805,000 fish. This level of abundance should be adequate to meet escapement and subsistence priorities and provide for commercial harvest.

There have been twelve fall commercial periods in District 1. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 1 through September 5 is approximately 51,807 fall chum salmon and 54,673 coho salmon. Eight fall commercial periods have occurred in District 2. There is currently no buyer operating in Y-2 and the department does not anticipate any further commercial openings in that district for the remainder of the season. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 2 through August 30 is approximately 61,669 fall chum salmon and 46,023 coho salmon.

Commercial fishing in Subdistricts 5-B and 5-C is on a five-day a week schedule. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest prior to the current schedule through September 7 is 1,264 fall chum salmon. However, there are no buyers currently operating in either subdistrict.

Commercial fishing in District 6 is on a two 42-hour period per week schedule.  The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest through September 10 is 995 fall chum salmon and 506 coho salmon.

Kuskokwim Area
District W-4, Quinhagak, and District W-5, Goodnews Bay, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 22, August 25, and August 27 for 12 hours from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  August 27 marked the end of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season in districts W-4 and W-5.  Sub-district W-1B, Kuskokwim River, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 26 for 6 hours in the upper section and 8 hours in the lower section. August 26 marked the end of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season in the Kuskokwim River.   Kuskokwim River weir escapements of king and chum salmon are near or below recent 5-year averages. George River weir has exceeded the escapement goal for king salmon, while the Kogruluk and Kwethluk weirs are not likely to achieve the lower end of their respective escapement goal ranges. Weir escapements of sockeye salmon are slightly below 5-year averages. Coho salmon passage at Kuskokwim river escapement projects has been tracking above recent year averages. Kuskokwim Bay weir escapements of king and chum salmon are below 5-year averages. Middle Fork Goodnews River and Kanektok River weirs have exceeded the upper bound of their respective sockeye salmon escapement goal ranges. Middle Fork Goodnews River weir coho escapement is currently tracking below historical average.  Participation in district W-4 and W-5 commercial salmon fishing periods was above average with 47 permits registered making deliveries in District W-4 and 42 permits registered making deliveries in District W-5. Participation in district W-1B commercial salmon fishing periods was above average with 190 permits registered making deliveries.  District W-4 and W-5 harvest and catch rates for coho salmon were above historical averages. District W-4 king and chum salmon cumulative harvests were below historical averages for the season, while sockeye and coho salmon cumulative harvest were near historical averages for the season.  Sub-district W-1B harvest and catch rates for coho salmon were near the historical average. Sub-district W-1B king, sockeye, chum, and coho salmon cumulative harvest for the 2014 season were below historical averages.

Norton Sound
The table lists the latest preliminary salmon harvests (numbers of fish) for the Norton Sound District by subdistrict. The table also includes how this year's harvests rank historically. Exvessel value estimates are unavailable at this time but are expected to be record setting based on the harvests and salmon prices reported by the buyer. Exvessel value is expected to exceed 1.5 million dollars. Norton Sound has one more directed coho salmon period that will begin this Friday in Subdistricts 5 and 6 and then the Norton Sound salmon season will be over.

Chum salmon harvest exceeded 100,000 fish for the 4th time in 5 years and ranked 23rd overall in 54 years of harvests. Chum salmon harvests would have been much higher had incidental catches of large, male pink salmon not been so high. The major buyer had to reduce fishing time because of these less marketable fish being caught in chum salmon gear. Coho salmon harvests were record setting in Elim and Norton Bay, 9th best in Unalakleet, 7th best in Shaktoolik, and 4th best in Golovin.

Subdistrict Coho Salmon Chum Salmon Pink Salmon Sockeye Salmon Chinook Salmon
Subdistrict 1 (Nome) 33 1,575 1,322 0 0
Subdistrict 2 (Golovin) 4,033 14,016 8,107 62 32
Subdistrict 3 (Elim) 16,415 14,339 23,917 158 105
Northern Norton Sound 20,481 29,930 33,346 220 137
Subdistrict 4 (Norton Bay) 9,234 12,094 25,939 15 69
Subdistrict 5 (Shaktoolik) 19,045 28,870 35,173 42 17
Subdistrict 6 (Unalakleet) 60,418 31,774 79,572 181 77
Southern Norton Sound 88,697 72,738 140,684 238 163
Norton Sound Total 109,178 102,668 174,030 458 300
Historical Rank 4 23 9 N/A N/A

Kotzebue salmon season is over. This year was the second greatest chum salmon harvest (633,000 chums) and second greatest payout (almost 3 million dollars) to fishermen. Only 1981 had a greater harvest (677,000 chums) and payout (3.25 million dollars), but 187 permits fished in 1981 and only 95 permits fished in 2014.

AK Peninsula | Bristol Bay | Chignik | Cook Inlet | Kodiak | Kuskokwim |
Norton Sound/Kotzebue | Prince William Sound | Southeast Alaska | Yukon

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Chignik Salmon | Kodiak Salmon

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