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2013 Alaska salmon harvest breaks record with historic number of pink salmon

Posted: January 17, 2014 - 1:02am

In 2013 Alaska saw the largest salmon harvest ever, with more than 272 million fish caught in total, according to a release this week from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

The harvest was powered by 219 million pink salmon, Alaska’s smallest and most abundant salmon species. Pink salmon comprised more than 80 percent of the total harvest and surpassed the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s pre-season forecast for all five salmon species combined. This season is valued at $691.1 million, second only to the 1988 harvest worth $724 million, according to ASMI.

ASMI is using the year’s catch as an opportunity to market pink salmon.

“We’re proud of the heritage of our salmon fisheries and our commitment to their sustainability. This year’s record-breaking harvest was especially exciting, and we’re hoping to spread the word about the excellent taste and versatility of Alaska pink salmon,” Tyson Fick, ASMI communications director, stated in a press release.

To view recipes and more information, visit www.wildalaskaflavor.com.

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