The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its season summary Wednesday for lower Cook Inlet. In all, roughly 2 million salmon were harvested in the management area. The total commercial catch came in at about 758,000 fish and the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association harvested about 1.2 million fish for cost recovery, valued at $4.6 million.
The total commercial catch was valued at $2.6 million. Most of the harvest came from the southern district. Seiners came home with roughly 55,000 sockeye and nearly 500,000 pinks. Both of those numbers are above the 10-year average.
Gillnetters in the district harvested about 15,000 sockeye, which is below the 10-year average, but the pink harvest exceeded the average with nearly 57,000 fish delivered to the docks.
Fishermen in the Kamishak district came home with roughly 34,000 sockeye and about 5,000 pinks. Fishing on the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula was slow this year. Very few permit holders were active in the eastern district near Resurrection Bay as well. Both the outer and eastern districts accounted for very little of the overall harvest in lower Cook Inlet.