EP 647 | AIRED 07/03/2023
2023 Summer Salmon Update: Chum Salmon (aka Keta)
July 3rd, 2023 - Here is your Chum Salmon update as the industry prepares for the 2023 Summer Salmon Season - AND, we’ll also give you a peak into Fall Chum Salmon expectations.
Global Chum Salmon harvest this year could land somewhere between 165,000 to 215,000 metric tonnes, (in-line with previous years averages). This variance is largely due to whether or not the Hokkaido Chum fishery will see another spectacular year like it did in 2022.
In Alaska, Keta landings have started their ascent earlier than previous years as over 2 million fish have already been harvested.
The pace of Keta landings are spread over the summer months and into the fall, so with the Alaskan forecast for 16 million fish, we’ll likely see another 13 million Keta harvested in Alaska from now until the fall.
Over in Russia, the Chum Salmon fishery has also begun.
Industry experts however are saying Russian Chum forecasts are overestimated again as Russia has failed to reach preseason level catches for the 4th consecutive year.
Last year, Russia harvested 73,000 metric tonnes of Chum Salmon from 27.2 million fish, and Chum Salmon is Russia’s second largest Wild Salmon fishery.
Washington state and Japan’s Hokkaido are the two main Fall Chum fisheries, and in a turn of events, both fisheries saw an abundant harvest in 2022.