The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has just released its Bristol Bay sockeye processor capacity survey for the upcoming season.
As usual, the packers are telling the state they can handle the full forecasted commercial catch of 24 million fish. And then some.
Hmm. Does this mean frustrated fishermen won’t see buying limits and suspensions as they have the past few seasons?
A recent study from the Juneau-based McDowell Group found that 37 million surplus fish worth $131 million dockside swam up bay rivers unharvested in the period 2003 through 2008.