Salmon processors say they can handle the 28.5 million sockeye gillnetters are expected to catch this summer at Bristol Bay.
That's the upshot of the Department of Fish and Game's annual processing capacity survey.
Near as Deckboss can remember, the processors always say they have enough capacity to deal with Bristol Bay's sockeye hordes.
But much depends on how evenly the salmon enter the fishing grounds.
The survey indicates the processors collectively can handle a little over 2 million fish per day.
If the run is heavy and catches exceed that level, especially on consecutive days, processors often must limit their purchases until they can work the excess fish through their plants.
This, in turn, can set off howls of protest from fishermen asked to sit idle just when the fish are running thickest. To them, it's money swimming up the river.
Anyway, for more details, read the survey. It's a quick eight pages.
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