Copper River run sets all-time record

by Tony Gorman

The Copper River Sockeye run has set a new all-time harvest record for an opener.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports a 236,000 catch following the close of Monday's third opener.  The run has been strong from the start.  The season's first opener exceeded expectations with 105,000 catch.  The number increased with a 115,000 catch during the second opener.

Other run numbers dipped a bit during the second opener, but rebounded. ADF&G tallied 1,100 king during the second opener and 3,600during the following opener.  Chums finished the second opener with a 1,700 catch and 2,000 were caught during the following opener.

The fourth opener began Thursday at 7 A.M.

The price of sockeyes dropped from $4.00 to $1.99/lb. since first opener.  King price have dropped to $6.00/lb.  Chum prices remain steady at $0.20/lb.

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