Former State Biologist Suggests Voluntarily Not Fishing To Boost Chinook Escapement

Chinook salmon runs are poor all over the state, but especially so in the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where sports fishing restrictions have been in place most of the season. Now a former state fisheries biologist says fishermen could help boost Chinook escapement by voluntarily not fishing at all.

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