The statewide commercial fisheries catch this year was a record-breaking 260 million, with most of that caught in southeast Alaska.
The previous record was 221 million in 2005.
This year, it was the pinks which boosted the overall totals as the harvest of 209.5 million pinks was almost double the forecast of 118 million. Fish and Game’s forecast for all salmon species this year was just 178 million.
Coho are coming in close to the forecast of 3.9 million; so far, 3.5 million have been recorded. Chum and sockeye didn’t fare so well, coming in well below predictions.