The Alaskan salmon season has its official opening today, with Copper River reds now fair game. While the sockeye projection is for a strong run, Kings are once again expected to be weak. Area Management Biologists for the Copper River said the King run was lower than expected last year, but still met escapement goals.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a harvest of 179 million fish this year, a 40 percent increase on 2012 and the eight-largest on record.
Nationwide, Alaskan salmon account for 90 percent of all North American wild salmon.