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The 2021 run broke 2018's record of 62.9 million sockeye, and it's the fourth time since 1952 that the run surpassed 60 million salmon. 

 

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Peter Pan set an initial base price of $1.10 in June, before fishing began. The company upped the price to $1.25 to stay competitive with other processors, according to its Bristol Bay manager.

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OBI's base price is $0.15 higher than the price Peter Pan announced before fishing started in June. 

  

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Bristol Bay’s run is 3 million fish over its pre-season forecast -- more than 54 million fish have returned so far. The Naknek-Kvichak’s fleet had the biggest catch of the day, as more than 700,000 fish were hauled in, and the Kvichak saw a sizable escapement. Ugashik’s harvest was over 600,000 for the third day in a row.

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Ugashik fishermen have hauled in over half their total catch in the past 2 days -- about 1.2 million in two days! The total bay-wide run has, once again, surpassed 50 million fish. 

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The Bristol Bay Native Corporation held its third annual in-person king salmon derby in June to raise money for higher-education programs. And while the crowds were big -- it attracted sports fishermen from all over the state and even the country -- the fish were pretty small.

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The Nushagak fleet broke its record single-day harvest -- again. The fleet harvested 1.8 million fish on July 1. Over 2.1 million sockeye returned to the district -- more than two thirds of the daily bay-wide run.

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More than 1.9 million sockeye returned to the Nushagak District -- the fleet hauled in its largest single-day harvest ever of 1.773 million fish. The timing isn't a surprise, but the sheer size definitely is.

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Another day, another million sockeye to the bay. The bay-wide run is now at 8 million. The team at Port Moller doesn't think the run is early, as catch indices boomed after a dip on Monday. Egegik had the biggest daily catch of a fairly modest day. The Nushagak’s harvest dropped off yesterday, but it might tick back up tomorrow.

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The Wood River Special Harvest Area opened to set netters today. The baywide run has hit 7.1 million fish, which is almost five million more fish than last year’s total for June 28. Harvest was a bit down yesterday, most notably in the Naknek-Kvichak. But both Egegik and the Nushagak have a total harvest of over 1.5 million.

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Port Moller's largest catch index of the season indicates a wide band of fish moving through. The bay-wide run has passed 6 million fish -- the Wood River alone is now 15% of that total, at almost 1 million fish. The Naknek-Kvichak is also starting to pick up.

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The Nushagak’s total run is now over 1 million -- more than 60% of the bay’s total run so far. The river’s king run has picked up a bit, but it’s still far behind the season’s minimum escapement goal. Egegik’s fleet harvested over 400,000 so far this season, and the Naknek-Kvichak is still a little sleepy.

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A surge of sockeye reached the Nushagak District. The Wood River run has barreled past its 100,000-sockeye threshold, and crews in the district had their first opener. People have caught more kings in subsistence nets. But for now, conservation is king as managers try to let those Chinook through.

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The Nushagak fleet is waiting for its first opener, which could come as soon as tomorrow. Stock composition numbers from Port Moller show most fish still headed to that district. Egegik had another haul yesterday, and there were smaller catches from Togiak and the Naknek-Kvichak. The total run for Bristol Bay is nearing 600,000 fish -- double what it was a few days ago.

 

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