Yukon king salmon run may be too small for upriver subsistence

King salmon is a primary subsistence resource for residents along the Yukon River. And now many subsistence fishermen on the middle and upper part of the river are starting to wonder if their subsistence needs will be met this year. The king return appears to be much lower than expected, and many upriver fishermen are upset about the amount of commercial fishing that took place during the early part of the run. As the tension increases, state and federal managers disagree about the best course of action to take from this point on.

Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena