Grim red salmon run predicted for Bristol Bay

Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a Bristol Bay red salmon commercial catch of 15.6 million fish in 2001.

The state's forecast is slightly higher than the 13.8 million catch predicted recently by scientists at the University of Washington.

Both forecasts are grim compared to this summer's commercial catch of 20.5 million fish.

The Fish and Game forecast predicts a total run of 24.3 million reds.

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