As more than $2.6 million is paid out to summer crab and salmon fishermen, NSEDC’s board met in August to discuss commercial fishing in Norton Sound and beyond.
Despite a slow run that’s left Yukon fisherman waiting for fall chum, Jeff Estensen with Fish and Game said “(by) all accounts, it definitely seems like we have a pulse of fish going upriver.”
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.
Yukon salmon managers anticipated an early season for both Chinook and chum, but now, both runs are looking closer to average – that’s why they say most communities along the Yukon currently have empty fish racks.
Summer chum and Chinook salmon have begun their runs along the Yukon River.
With summer salmon runs just around the corner, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation is making efforts to bolster its salmon rehabilitation projects in Western Alaska.
While studying Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, researchers found themselves in the wake of an unlikely killer.
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.