Alaska salmon harvest is best-paying in 18 years

When it comes to the global recession, Alaska wild salmon are doing what they usually do -- fighting the current.

At a time when many workers are suffering, the state's commercial salmon fishermen have a lot to celebrate: Collectively, they got their biggest paycheck in 18 years -- $533.9 million, according to the state's preliminary estimates.

Typically when harvests are high -- at 169 million salmon, this year's was one of the biggest harvests since statehood -- fish prices drop. But for a variety of reasons, including problems in the farmed-salmon industry, that didn't happen in 2010.

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