The Copper River salmon fishery starts at 7 a.m. today

 Alaska Airlines copilot Mark Awon walks down a red carpet with the first of this seasons Copper River King Salmon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle Friday morning May 16, 2008.

 The Copper River Salmon fishery is opening today and it is a big deal! 

“…Renowned for its succulent king and sockeye salmon, opens at 7 a.m. on May 14, signaling the unofficial start of the summer salmon season in Alaska.”
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, theking salmon run will be some 77,000 chinooks, about 24,000 more than the 2008 run produced, albeit 3,000 less than the 10-year average, with about 53,000 fish harvested.

Biologists are also predicting a run of about 1.3 million sockeyes, about 840,000 less than the five-year average and the fifth lowest run since 1980…  
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