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Conserving the Kenai River Kings

 

'The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon'

Presented by Morris Communications

For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River.

 Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow patterns of boom and bust

Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crowned Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song, the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.

Conserving the Kenai Kings: Widespread king salmon decline points to natural forces

The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet.

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state

The first major decline in king salmon returns was on the Yukon River in 1998, and returns there have remained persistently low ever since with severe subsistence and commercial fishing restrictions.

Kings may drive news, but sockeyes drive Inlet economy

There are very few things that can immediately quantify the declining value of sport fishing for Kenai River king salmon as quickly as the shelves at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna.

Alaska salmon management: A unique process for a unique state

For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management.

Questions remain about king counts after ADFG shift to high-tech sonar

Researchers are dealing with new, high-tech sonar counters they hope will meet the inherent challenge of finding and counting a few king salmon swimming along with thousands of sockeye salmon.

What became of the Yukon kings? An in-river look

The Yukon River draws into its mouth the largest migration of chinook, chum, and coho salmon stocks in the world. For the chinook, or kings, the river offers passage from the Bering Sea to spawning streams across Alaska and Yukon Territory all the way to British Columbia. The iconic fish run is one of the longest freshwater fish migrations on earth.

Management challenge: 'Fish wars' escalate as king productivity ebbs

Webster, a commercial Bristol Bay setnetter from King Salmon, was the target of an intense lobbying effort by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association that swayed several members of Parnell’s party into voting against him with a few declaring their decisions to be a protest against fisheries management in Cook Inlet that they assert favors commercial over recreational interests.

Fishermen focus on how ADFG sets and achieves escapement goals

Each spring, as the early-run king salmon start returning to the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game begins a four-month effort to manage fishing in a way that ensures enough salmon swim past fishermen of all types to meet escapement goals.

A king without its crown

The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought-after by fisherman from all over the world. Their massive presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fisherman to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.

Conserving the Kenai king is a mandate for board, ADFG

King salmon are the lynchpin of the Cook Inlet fishery. Other runs of other salmon species are far more abundant, but the health of king salmon affects all users.

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