Deckboss just got off the line with Dan Gray of the state Department of Fish and Game down in Sitka.
Purse seiners are making what are believed to be record catches in Southeast Alaska.
"It's just more and more and more fish piling in here," Gray says.
State fishery managers and overwhelmed processors have been talking about how to "keep things orderly and under control," he says.
The state's preseason forecast was for a Southeast seine harvest of 54 million pinks, but now managers believe it'll be 60 to 70 million or even more.
To cope, processors have placed vessels on delivery limits.
Such limits also are reported in Prince William Sound, which likewise is seeing huge catches. Through Monday, seiners had taken an estimated 49.4 million pinks in the common property fishery.
Hatchery pinks dominate the runs in Prince William Sound, while Southeast pinks are predominantly wild fish.
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