This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
A chum salmon just can’t replace a king salmon. But in a year when the king salmon barely showed up, it’s encouraging to see healthy chum runs in the Yukon River system this summer.
The abundance of chums should provide for people along the rivers who rely upon salmon for a good portion of their food during the winter months. We shouldn’t see a repeat of the disastrous years in the 1990s, when the chum runs crashed and people in the villages couldn’t even keep their dog teams fed.