About Commercial Salmon Fishing

About Commercial Salmon FishingCommercial salmon fishing takes place primarily in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California; it also occurs in Canada. In Alaska, the commercial fishing industry employs thousands of people and is a major contributer to the state's economy.


In Alaska, the statewide in-season commercial salmon harvest peaks at, on average, 25,000,000 fish a week in the middle of the season.



In Canada, commercial salmon fisheries are run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In the United States, fisheries are governed by state-run Divisions of Commercial Fisheries.


Fisheries management organizations balance commercial fisheries with recreational, sport and subsistence fishing.

Potential Trouble

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to cancel commercial salmon fishing season in 2008 and 2009 due to extremely low salmon returns.


Commercial salmon fishing is typically done through three methods: Gillnetting, trolling and purse seining.


Commercial salmon fishing boats average between 30 and 50 feet in length, no matter what method they're using to catch salmon.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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