Chinook Salmon Data shows Struggling Escapement

    Phillip Richards at the Chamber of Commerce Weekly Luncheon.

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - The foreseeable future looks grim for chinook salmon.

    The foreseeable future looks grim for chinook salmon. Philip Richards of Alaska Fish and Game says that 8 thousand chinook salmon escaped the Taku river last year. That number is expected to drop to 6 thousand this year.

    The targeted goal is 18 to 36 thousand.

    The cause for this decrease could have a few factors. Some studies are being done to determine the causes.

    "Some fish are growing faster," says Richards, "which typically causes them to mature faster and return earlier. There's also been some studies being done at UAF showing that late marine predation is fairly high."

    He told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce there is really no quick fix.

    He says fishing restrictions are likely to continue.

    "Most likely. We won't have our final escapement estimates until the fall and then we'll produce a forecast around December 1st for the Taku and Stikine rivers. Then management decisions will be made at that time for the following year."


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