Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means fishermen are catching record numbers of chum.
As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.
Fishermen expressed frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and potentially infected fish.
Along the Yukon River, Alaska’s intense summer wildland fires and ongoing gear restrictions for subsistence fishermen are keeping fishing to a minimum.
Summer chum and Chinook salmon have begun their runs along the Yukon River.
Despite another year of exceptionally low king salmon runs, managers along the Yukon River say there should be a strong summer chum run and a chance for small, incidental take of Chinook.
“This is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s a matter of sharing the burden of conservation between all areas and being proactive before it reaches a real crisis,” said Charlie Lean.
Campbell will take over as CEO in the Anchorage office on February 1, working for a few weeks with John Eckels before his retirement.
For decades, caribou have posed a threat to reindeer herders on the Seward Peninsula — their numbers swelling, even as the reindeer population shrinks. Now, a new front has developed in the turf war between reindeer and caribou.
Commercial salmon values were at record highs across Norton Sound this summer.