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As the Alaska summer winds to a close, a hunt is on for the missing sockeye salmon of the 49th state’s fabled Copper River.
It might be the perfect ending to the worst season in the modern history of the fish that chefs across the country have come to await anxiously every May.
Pickings were slim for Copper sockeye this year. Only 26,000 of the fish were caught by drift gillnetters in the tiny, isolated, coastal port of Cordova before the fishery was shut down in May not to reopen, and then only briefly, until July.