Preliminary figures for the harvest and value of the commercial salmon fishery in Alaska in 2021 show a value of $ 643.9 million, up from $ 295.2 million, with 233.8 million fish caught, up from 116 , 8 million fish in 2020. Preliminary figures from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show that sockeye salmon accounted for about 56% of the total value at $ 361.4 million and 24% of the harvest just under 57 million fish.
Humpies accounted for about 28% of the value at $ 178.8 million and 69% of the harvest with less than 161 million fish, chums accounted for almost 10% of the value at $ 62.7 million and about 6 % of the harvest with 128 million fish. Coho salmon accounted for about 4% of the value at $ 23.9 million and 1% of the harvest at 2.7 million fish. Chinook salmon are estimated to include over 265,000 fish with an estimated preliminary export value of $ 17.1 million.
The ADF & G report indicates that a total of 6,362 individual permit holders made landings in 2021, a slight decrease from the 6,496 individual permit holders in 2020.
The 2021 commercial all-species salmon harvest of 233.9 million fish and 858.5 million pounds is the third highest on record for total fish harvested and total pounds harvested. Adjusted for inflation, the 2021 vessel value estimate of $ 643.9 million is also the third highest reported vessel value since 1975. State biologists noted that these are preliminary estimates of harvest and value that will change as fishing tickets are processed and finalized.
Dollar values provided by the Fisheries Agency are based on estimated prices per boat and do not include post-season price adjustments. The final value of the 2021 fishery is to be determined in 2022 after seafood processors, buyers and direct traders report the total value paid to fishermen in 2021.