Record Breaking Salmon Harvest Underway
Record Breaking Salmon Harve...

The Norton Sound, our new at-sea processing plant, heads out from Seattle’s Hiram Chittenden Locks en route to Alaska to start processing Sockeye Salmon in False Pass. The 2011 Alaska commercial salmon harvest is forecast to be one of the largest since statehood and E&E Foods is ready. Throughout our Alaska based operations, E&E Foods expects to produce 5-7 thousand tons of Sockeyes in H&G form this season. We have doubled the number of fisherman we are working with and our staff has swelled to 500 people for the summer season. This is always an exciting time of year for E&E foods and our customers, and this year is looking to be particularly strong.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts that the commercial catch of Sockeye Salmon is expected to total 45 million fish – an 11% increase over the 2010 Sockeye harvest. The harvest of Pink Salmon will be especially large, totaling 133.7 million fish and resulting in a catch 25% higher than the 2010 total.

The ADFG forecast reports an estimated 203 million fish will be caught this year, the fifth largest haul since statehood, thanks to a combination of good environmental conditions over the past few years as well as careful management by the state. "Probably the biggest influence of all is general conditions in the ocean for providing food, and those seem to have been favorable," Geron Bruce, Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries for the department, told Reuters. See full article.