The season's first shipment of Copper River salmon met with the usual hoopla in Seattle. Alaska Airlines photo
The department had anticipated a harvest of 36,000 sockeye and 1,800 Chinook for the period.
Another 12-hour opener is set to begin at 7 a.m. Monday.
An Alaska Airlines jet arrived early Friday in Seattle with the first load of fish. The plane carried product from processors Ocean Beauty, Trident and Copper River Seafoods.
A cook-off ensued featuring top chefs from Seattle restaurants, plus an Air Force Reserve chef representing the 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.