Copper River (salmon) disaster

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are forecasting the worst run of kings – or Chinooks, as they are otherwise known – in 32 years. The sport fishery for kings in the Copper River basin has already been ordered closed for the year.  And along with the commercial fishery facing severe area restrictions to try and limit their catch to more plentiful sockeye salmon and minimize the king catch, there is the possibility the sale of kings will be banned by the time the season opens to provide an even greater incentive for fishermen to avoid the fish.

The Board of Fisheries meets on the 17th to consider the petition from the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee to eliminate the commercial king fishery.

via Copper River disaster – Craig Medred

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