Deckboss was checking out the state's review of the 2012 salmon season and ran across a remarkable figure: $85 million.
That's the estimated dockside value of the chum salmon catch in Southeast Alaska.
Yes, $85 million.
To put it in perspective, the Bristol Bay sockeye catch paid about $118 million.
Most Southeast chum salmon come from hatcheries. Fishermen last year took 12.4 million chums, the sixth-highest harvest since statehood.
The chums paid an average of 75 cents a pound, the state says.
Traditionally, chums have been valued mainly for their roe.
But I'm thinking the roe, or even the large harvest volume, can't fully explain how a bunch of "dog" salmon can tally $85 million.
Is it marketing? New product forms?
I mean, wow, $85 million!
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