Copper River red salmon continued to hold their own in retail prices in mid-June as the Copper River District continued to deliver robust catches to processors and more commercial salmon harvesters in the Alaska Peninsula, the Kodiak area and Cook Inlet added deliveries of thousands of fish.
Seven commercial openers on the Copper River have landed harvesters nearly 313,000 salmon to date, and given the demand for Copper River salmon, retail prices are holding, with shoppers reminded that the season is a short one and to buy now.
Skipper Science is back for a second year! Last summer (2021) marked the pilot season for a new effort to engage fishermen as citizen scientists by encouraging participants in the program to log ecological observations and document changes in fisheries and ocean conditions.
Colorful displays of fresh Copper River sockeye salmon fillets were front and center at seafood counters in Fred Meyer supermarkets in Anchorage, priced at $38.99 a pound at the end of May and fishmongers there said they were getting snapped up.
Even as the first harvests of wild caught Copper River salmon were being celebrated in Seattle and Anchorage, with just 30,360 fish landed in the first two openers, fishermen and processors alike were hoping for a better catch in the latest 12-hour opener on Thursday, May 26.
In Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings beginning this fall and for the next three years, Cordova’s own Tom Carpenter, a veteran commercial harvester, will be on board to give the board a fresh perspective on an area that the board hasn’t had in decades.
Jerry McCune has retired as chairman of the board of Cordova District Fishermen United after 32 years with the historic fishermen’s advocacy group, and members will vote on Tuesday, May 24, on future leadership of CDFU.
A second 12-hour opener for the Copper River District commercial salmon fishery was set for Thursday, May 19, by biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Cordova, despite concerns of some harvesters over icy water conditions and a slow sockeye salmon run.
Two decades into the decline of Bristol Bay red king crab, with stocks now too low for a commercial fishery, the fight continues at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council over what protections to take for the crab in danger and how soon to do it.
A fifth vessel has joined the fleet for the 2022 Pan-Pacific Winter High Seas Expedition, the latest major research effort of the International Year of the Salmon, to learn more about the lives of salmon during the marine phase of their life history during winter in the North Pacific Ocean.