Alaskan salmon stocks 'unobtainable'

The Alaskan Department of Fisheries and Game has issued its forecast for this season, which is marginally down on last year's actual run, at 40 million compared with 43 million. However with a couple of good years in terms of limiting escapes, the ADF expects the commercial catch to be up from 29 to 31 million fish. The pink salmon run should continue to pick up after the 2006 disaster when an all-time low of 10 million fish was harvested. The forecast is 30 million, below last year's 40 million, but enough to satisfy demand. A source in Seattle added that red and pink 418g were currently virtually unobtainable and stocks of 213g were not plentiful, with the only possible overstock skinless and boneless reds.