Scientists remain puzzled over just what’s killing off Alaska’s king salmon runs. Fisheries managers mull labeling chinook as a “stock of concern” which would further restrict commercial and sport fishing.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game expects considerably lower numbers of chinook salmon for the Stikine and Taku Rivers.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is shutting down all commercial and sport fishing for king salmon in Southeast Alaska.
The Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast. Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29,000 kings, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville said the forecast is being questioned – given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta.
Climate change, dams and agriculture are threatening Chinook salmon, the iconic fish at the core of the state’s fishing industry, a report predicts. And 23 other fish species are also at risk.
With coastlines eroding, temperatures rising, and sea ice retreating, Alaska is feeling the effects of a warming planet. But a new federal report suggests fisheries in the state haven’t experienced many observable impacts of climate change so far.
Peter Hagen works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Juneau. He says there are all sorts of different possibilities and probably not one single reason why the fish decline or rebound.
As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen are expressing frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and now potentially infected fish.
After fishermen pointed out what they thought was a change in the size of king salmon returning to the Copper River, researchers from Fish and Game looked at data from 10 Alaska rivers.
The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.