A look at fishing through the past year: Laine Welch | adn.com

Wow, another year has come and gone.  I found this summer in southeast alaska to be one of the hardest for me.   Preseason rumors forecasted quite a summer salmon run, with good prices to match.  Somewhere in August, I realized that it wasn’t going to come together .  However, one of the late salmon surprises of the summer was in Puget Sound.  A huge mess of pinks pounded into the lower 48.  It was a welcome surprise to a rather dismal season.   Here is a great article all about this past year of fishing, after the jump…

LAINE WELCH

Published: January 2nd, 2010 08:52 PM

KODIAK — As we look back at Alaska’s seafood industry over the past year, consider this: 62 percent of our nation’s seafood landings comes from Alaska, as does 96 percent of all U.S. wild salmon.

Alaska ranks ninth in the world in terms of seafood production.

The seafood industry is second only to oil in revenue it generates to state coffers, and it provides more Alaska jobs than oil/gas, mining, tourism and timber combined. Alaska’s abundant and sustainable fishery resources are the envy of all other seafood producers, and its fishery management is regarded as a model around the world.

Here are more fishing notables from 2009, in no particular order:

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