Variability of Alaska’s salmon runs

Sockeye salmon. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)
Sockeye salmon. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)

Salmon runs in Alaska have been defying expectations this season, in both good and bad ways. Why has it been so difficult to meet escapement for some runs while seeing bounty in others? From closures on the Kuskokwim to a puny run on the Yukon, salmon fishing in Alaska is changing and the reasons why remain elusive.

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HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Eric Volk, chief fisheries scientist, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Stephanie Schmidt, fisheries management biologist – Yukon, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Scott Kent, fisheries biologist, Kotzebue & Norton Sound


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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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