This report summarizes the 2011 season and historical information regarding commercial salmon fisheries of the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area (Area M).
The total commercial salmon harvest in the South Alaska Peninsula was 7,214 Chinook Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, 1,919,235 sockeye O. nerka, 153,482 coho O. kisutch, 5,004,314 pink O. gorbuscha, and 979,187 chum O. keta salmon. Harvests of Chinook, sockeye, and chum salmon were above recent 10-year averages (2001–2010). Coho, and pink salmon harvests were below the recent 10-year average. The number of permit holders participating in the fishery was 250.
The June commercial salmon harvest included 1,359,441 sockeye and 423,335 chum salmon. Harvest in the South Unimak fishery was 937,168 sockeye and 231,081 chum salmon, while the Shumagin Islands accounted for 422,273 sockeye and 192,254 chum salmon.
There was a salmon fishery in the Southeastern District Mainland (SEDM) during the allocation period, June 1 through July 25. The total commercial harvest in the SEDM in 2011 was 395 Chinook, 222,515 sockeye, 2,300 coho, 47,178 pink salmon and 51,496 chum salmon. The total harvest for the Northwest Stepovak Section, from July 1 through July 25, was 47 Chinook, 26,719 sockeye, 193 coho, 3,752 pink, and 4,734 chum salmon.
The South Alaska Peninsula (minus the SEDM fishery July 1–25) Post-June salmon harvest from July 1–31 included 3,348 Chinook, 334,883 sockeye, 151,009 coho, 4,221,915 pink, and 502,924 chum salmon. Commercial salmon harvest for August and September was composed of 596 Chinook, 67,692 sockeye, 52,701 coho, 2,836,939 pink, and 28,981 chum salmon.
In 2011, the sockeye salmon sustainable escapement goals (SEG) for Orzinski Lake (16,764) and Thin Point Lagoon (15,600) were met. Mortensen Lagoon (500) was the only system that did not meet its sockeye salmon lower bound SEG of 3,200 fish. Total escapement of pink (2,494,950) salmon was above its SEG of 1,637,800 fish. The chum salmon escapement in the Southeastern, South Central, Southwestern and Unimak districts met their lower bound SEGs of 106,400, 89,800, 133,400 and 800 fish respectively. Limited coho salmon surveys were conducted due to their late season run timing.