This year's Bristol Bay catch of nearly 15.4 million sockeye salmon brought $138.4 million ex-vessel, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports.
The previous year's catch was much bigger at almost 20.6 million sockeye, yet the payoff was lower at $117.8 million.
Packers paid fishermen a much higher base price this year — $1.50 per pound — versus $1 last year.
It also helped that the average sockeye weighed 6 pounds this season, compared to 5.7 pounds in 2012.
None of the dollar figures quoted here include the various price adjustments and bonuses many fishermen enjoy at Bristol Bay.
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