2015 Salmon Season
National Salmon Day is on October 8th, so what better time to take a look back at what occurred in the 2015 salmon season.
Overall, the Alaskan Salmon Season harvest was well above the five year average. The reason for the exceptional harvest can be attributed to the Pink Salmon fishery and the Bristol Bay Sockeye run which were both huge. The Washington and Oregon Salmon Season on the other hand were underwhelming. Further research will be done to determine why. However, researchers speculate it was due to adverse ocean conditions. As with every salmon season, experts do their best at predicting runs, but there are always unexpected factors that keep things interesting.
The 2015 Salmon Season kicked off in May on the Copper River in Alaska. As always, we saw beautiful fish out of the Copper River. Harvests were above the five year average, but in general the season was comparable to what we saw in 2014.
The Bristol Bay run was originally expected to be one of the largest on record, but as the season progressed the sockeyes simply weren’t showing up. Just as the fishermen were packing their bags to go home, the fish arrived in large quantities. The fishery peeked on July 15th with over 2.3 million Sockeyes landed.
In Southeast Alaska, just like last year, the Troll King Salmon fishery was fast and furious with only two weeks of large production. This equated to a little less fish than 2014, but still above the five year average. Coho Salmon, on the other hand, saw reduced returns.
The Washington Troll King fishery was strong. However, very little Coho Salmon were caught. The Columbia River King fishery started late, but there were decent volumes of fish when they showed up. The Sockeye, Coho, and Pink fisheries in the Straits of Juan De Fuca were shut down in order to increase the return to the Fraser River.
Even though salmon fisheries produced mixed results, Northern Fish Products was able to secure good quality inventory from our own subsidiary companies and our valued partners.