First Yukon River king salmon reach Canada

Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon. (Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the first Yukon River spawning king salmon have reached the border with Canada.

As of Monday, 700 kings, also called chinook salmon, were detected by sonar at Eagle just 16 miles from the border.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the goal is to see at least 42,500 kings cross the border. That would meet requirements of an international salmon treaty.

King salmon runs on the Yukon have declined dramatically and king salmon fishing is banned for the length of the Yukon.

As of Sunday, 122,923 king salmon had passed a sonar counter at Pilot Station, a community 120 miles upriver from the mouth of the Yukon.