Bristol Bay Sees Strong Wild Sockeye Harvest to Follow Up Record-Breaking Year

The cumulative wild sockeye salmon harvest through the end of July in Bristol Bay, Alaska, currently sits at 38 million fish, surpassing the forecast of 37 million fish. As anticipated, this season’s strong returns make 2023 one of the top five harvest seasons of the past 20 years – quite a follow-up to last year’s all-time record-breaking harvest. Bristol Bay is known as “America’s Wild Sockeye Source,” and is home to the largest wild salmon run on the planet, producing half the world’s supply of wild sockeye.

As Salmon Season Gets Underway, Behind the Scenes With the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

July 11, 2023 Brian Venua, KMXT

“Last year was this huge, unprecedented run of fish but it looks like this year is actually pretty similar to the previous record, which was two years ago in 2021. ”

Alaska’s Bristol Bay Salmon Run Shatters Records, and It’s Not Done Yet

Record-breaking numbers of sockeye salmon have returned to southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay, and the tally is expected to climb higher in the days ahead.

Peter Pan Raises Bristol Bay Base Price; Meager King Salmon Return Shuts Alaska Fisheries

Peter Pan Seafood raised its base price for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay from $1.10 to $1.25 “after gauging the strength of the run and the market,” said the company in a press release.

In Bristol Bay, Spring Means Salmon — and Thousands of Fishermen From Coronavirus Hot Spots

Later this spring, Alaska’s Bristol Bay will blossom into one of the largest annual salmon fisheries in the world.