Yukon King Salmon Escapement May Not Meet Objective

It’s looking like escapement of Yukon River king salmon into Canada will not meet objectives. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Yukon River summer season manager Steve Hayes says Chinook passage measured near the Alaska Canada border at Eagle is below the season goal.

There were subsistence fishing restrictions in the Eagle area again Monday, in an attempt to get as many fish from the third and final pulse of kings, across the border into Canada. Hayes says that’s about it.

This year’s king escapement into Canada is better than last year. Along with more fishing closures in Alaska a net mesh size reduction which took effect this summer, was aimed at getting additional bigger, more productive kings upstream to spawn.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.