Copper River salmon harvest at 6,800 kings, 911,000 sockeyes
A second 36-hour commercial fishing opener on the Copper River was set to begin at 7 a.m. on June 4, in the wake of a May 31 period that brought in 1,800 Chinook, 130,000 sockeye and 9,000 chum salmon.
Prices at Pike’s Market on the Seattle waterfront were holding at $49.95 for whole reds and $29.99 a pound for whole kings, while fillets were garnering $16.99 a pound for reds and $44.99 a pound for kings. In the Anchorage area, fresh Copper River sockeye salmon entrees at about $30 a plate were remaining very popular.
Through June 2, the preliminary Copper River salmon harvest was 6,800 kings, 911,000 reds, 9,000 chum and fewer than 1,000 coho salmon.