KETCHIKAN (KDN) — State and federal fishery managers are forecasting a commercial harvest of about 19 million pink salmon in 2023 within Southeast Alaska, a number that would represent a “significant drop” from the parent-year harvest of 48.5 million pinks in 2021, according to this week’s announcement from the federal NOAA Fisheries and the  Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A 19-million fish harvest would be at the high end of the “weak” range (11 million to 19 million fish), according to the announcement, which adds that a harvest of that size would be only about 39% of the average harvest (49 million pinks) during the past 10 odd years.