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Alaska salmon harvest second most valuable

Alaska salmon harvest second most valuable
Photo shows filets of Copper River Salmon from Alaska in Seattle.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - This year saw the second most valuable salmon harvest on record in Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says in a release that the harvest was valued at $691 million, second only to the 1988 harvest of $724 million.

The pink salmon harvest set a record with 219 million fish caught, leading to a record for all salmon caught at 272 million fish.

The state also reports that Bristol Bay, perennially the most valuable fishery in the state, fell to third place this year.

Southeast Alaska led with the all-species harvest value of $219 million. Second was Prince William Sound at $162 million, and Bristol Bay was third at $140 million.
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