ADF&G Data Show 2020’s Southeast Salmon Harvest Among Worst on Record

special report released in March paints a stark picture of 2020’s salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska. 

“Overall, it was one of the lowest harvests we’d seen, I think since the 70s,” says Lowell Fair. He’s the Southeast regional supervisor for the commercial fisheries division of ADF&G. It was already clear from preliminary reports that last year’s salmon season was a rough one. But just how rough? 

For sockeye, the harvest was the second lowest since 1962 — that’s just a couple of years after the Department of Fish & Game was formed and started collecting data. 

King harvest was in the bottom five harvests since the early 1960s as well. 

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