Alaska salmon landings lag.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute writes that salmon season got off slow start statewide and that only 5.8 million fish (sockeye, keta, coho, chinook, pink) have been landed so far.
To compare, 14 million fish were landed at the same point in 2018.
Much of that was due to poor sockeye returns, particularly in the Copper River area, though everywhere is slower than previous years, including Bristol Bay.
It wrote that although data may be revised higher (the report is for week three) YTD sockeye landings are 73 per cent lower than 2019 and the five year average.