Salmon Parasite may be on the rise in Yukon River

Next week the Joint Technical Committee of the U.S. – Canada Yukon River Panel will meet in Fairbanks to set priorities for fisheries research on the Yukon. An ongoing management concern for Yukon salmon is the question over how prevalent the parasite Ichthyphonus  may be in salmon heading up the Yukon for spawning grounds. The parasite lives in the tissues and organs of the fish and once it gains a foothold in the system weakens them.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage