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Salmon fetch strong prices early in Alaska's Copper River run

Cordova Times

Commercial fishermen on the Copper River salmon fishery harvested 373,959 sockeye salmon and 3,339 kings in the first two 12-hour openers, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A total of 978 kings and 156,059 reds were netted in the first opener May 17. Another 1,261 kings and 217,900 reds were caught in the second opener four days later.

Fishing industry sources said the price paid to fishermen on the first opener was about $4 a pound for sockeyes and $6 for kings.

In the second opener, the price for kings, which represent about 1 percent of the harvest, remained about the same. The price for reds ranged from $2.10 to $2.25 a pound, with one processor offering more.