The king salmon run on the Yukon River is turning out to be one of the weakest on record. State and federal managers are predicting that the run will not be large enough to meet escapement goals, a typical subsistence harvest, and Canadian border passage commitments. In an effort to protect as many king salmon as possible, the Department of Fish and Game is beginning to shorten subsistence fishing periods on the lower Yukon. They’re also outlawing the type of nets that are most effective at catching king salmon.
Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena