Harvests are starting to pick up in the Copper River fishery, keeping processors busy, and in the words of Michael Clutter, plant manager for Ocean Beauty Seafoods in Cordova, "we are pretty happy with it."
By mid-day on May 28, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Cordova office had tallied up an estimated harvest of 148,900 sockeye, 1,190 king and 1,950 chum salmon for the fourth period opener. That brings the season total to 480,400 red, 4,407 Chinook and 20,970 chum, biologists at Cordova said.
The fifth period, a 36-hour opener, was scheduled to begin on May 29.
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