State lowers quota on Southeast chinook

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2008

JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen will have fewer king salmon to harvest this year.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it is lowering the salmon harvest quota to 170,000 fish.

That's a decrease of 159,400 fish from the quota last year and it's the lowest catch level since 2000.

The department says chinook salmon returns to many rivers from Oregon to Alaska have declined from high levels seen from 2003 to 2005.

The department says unfavorable ocean conditions in 2005 and 2006 likely were a significant cause of the poor survival of king salmon in the early part of their four to five year life cycle.

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