COPPER RIVER SALMON SEASON WRAP UP

THE 2012 COPPER RIVER AND PRINCE WILLIAM SALMON SEASON END ON A QUALITY NOTE

COPPER RIVER SALMON SEASON WRAP UP

Copper River Salmon Fisherman, John Bocci

 

Oct 11, 2012

Cordova, Alaska—October marks the end of the Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon season, with fishermen rolling nets off their reels and storing their boats for winter. It was a busy and productive year for fishermen and processors, with the region’s signature fish making a mark on the food scene nationwide.

Sockeye was the star of the season, achieving great success for size, quality and abundance. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Gillnet Biologist, Jeremy Botz, reported that the Copper River sockeye harvest will measure up as the 3rd largest in the last 124 years (1889-2012). According to Botz, preliminary harvest data indicates that the average Copper River sockeye weight of 6.5 pounds was about a half a pound larger than the recent 10-year average. Copper River King and Coho runs met escapement goals for sustainability, but commercial harvests fell below preseason harvest projections. ADF&G will release final season harvest data in the coming months.

Fishermen saw a difference in size and quality despite what may also go into record books as one of the wettest and stormiest seasons. William Lindow, captain of the F/V Red Sky, has fished in Cordova for 33 years and harvests all five species of pacific salmon from the Copper River flats and Prince William Sound.  Reds, or sockeye, are his “bread and butter” and he reported that he had a good season fishing for them. Committed to maintaining the quality of the fish that he delivers to processors, Lindow was happy to see that more ice was readily available to the fishermen this summer.

Processors also noted improvement in quality, particularly from Prince William Sound, which made for happy customers at the retail counter and in restaurants. Dan Enos, the Executive Chef / Operating Partner for The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Boston, is a loyal supporter of Alaska seafood and this season he ordered more than 500 pounds of Copper River sockeye. Enos received the sockeye fresh from his broker and noted that it was clearly tagged with place of origin. Throughout the summer Chef Enos prepared the Copper River sockeye in a variety of ways for his customers, from a simple seared fillet to a raspberry vinaigrette embellished salad. He explained, “I mostly played with a lot of sockeye this summer. It was some of the best sockeye that I have seen in a long time. The fattiness and full flavor was unlike any other I’ve seen. The guests loved it.”

For a full wrap up of 2012 Copper River/Prince William Sound salmon season, see the attached  list of prior press releases.

For more info contact: Beth Poole, Executive Director
Copper River/PWS Marketing Association
Box 199, Cordova, Alaska 99574
t: 907.424.3459:: f: 907.424-3430
www.copperriversalmon.org

 

 

SUMMER 2012 IN REVIEW

Here is a list of  press releases distributed throughout the

2012 Copper River/Prince William Sound Fishing Season:

September

Salmon Fishermen and Processors Implement a Quality Harvester Program

 

August

Copper River Salmon Season Continues with Coho

Food Writers Catch and Cook All Five Species of Salmon in Cordova

 

July

Alaska Celebrates Salmon at the Copper River Wild! Festival

Prince William Sound Sockeye: A Healthy Harvest

 

June

Copper River Sockeye Are Big and Abundant

Copper River Sockeye is Key Ingredient