Copper River salmon fishermen started the 2016 season with a 12-hour opener Monday, and the catch was fairly modest: 1,300 Chinook and 22,500 sockeye.
The fishery will open again at 7 a.m. Thursday for a 24-hour period, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in this news release.
Opening day prices to fishermen reportedly were very high, but average sockeye size was very small, according to one media report.
As usual, the first Copper River salmon of the season arrived in Seattle with considerable fanfare.
Alaska Airlines said it planned to rush deliver 80,000 pounds of fish, working with three major processors — Ocean Beauty, Trident and Copper River Seafoods.
You can see photos of the fishy festivities on Twitter using #CopperRiverSalmon.
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