Laine Welch: Pink salmon catch likely to shatter forecast

With pink salmon coming in stronger than expected, Alaska’s salmon catch this summer is poised to blow past the pre-season forecast of 179 million fish. “We are going to be short on sockeyes by 5 million or so, and we’re probably not going to make the chum salmon numbers either. So we’ll have to go over with pinks, but at the rate things are going, that is entirely possible,” said Geron Bruce, deputy director of Fish and Game’s Commercial Fisheries division [email protected]