A third pulse of salmon is currently passing through Pilot Station. Their runs are expected to meet pre-season estimates of 130,000–175,000 kings and 1.3–1.8 million summer chum.
Salmon fishing is underway on the Yukon River, but runs are expected to be below average this summer season.
The Board of Fisheries considered limiting the gillnet size in Norton Sound’s Subdistrict 1, eventually deciding against it, and passed all 6 Arctic proposals.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will review commercial, subsistence, and boundary proposals for the Norton Sound and Port Clarence Fisheries.
Commercial fishermen at Alaska’s northernmost salmon fishery caught more than 300,000 pounds of chum salmon, pocketing over $800,000.
A large mid-August pulse of fall chum and coho salmon is keeping commercial fishermen busy in the lower river, but those upriver say they have yet to meet their subsistence needs.
After a break between the summer chum and the fall chum runs, “fish camps are coming to life again” along the Yukon River, fishermen say.
As more than $2.6 million is paid out to summer crab and salmon fishermen, NSEDC’s board met in August to discuss commercial fishing in Norton Sound and beyond.
Despite a slow run that’s left Yukon fisherman waiting for fall chum, Jeff Estensen with Fish and Game said “(by) all accounts, it definitely seems like we have a pulse of fish going upriver.”
Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means fishermen are catching record numbers of chum.