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For the fourth time in the last six years, Alaska is on the verge of recording a season-long salmon harvest at or above 200 million fish.
Harvests of this size have happened only seven times in state history and never in territorial history. Three of those seven harvests have come this decade. If 2019 clears the 200-million-salmon bar, four of the eight seasons of 200 million or more will have come this decade.
But even if 2019 doesn’t hit the magic number, it already ranks number eight in a state harvest history going back to 1975 when the harvest was was but 26 million fish.