Fisheries managers seek conservation on Yukon

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

FAIRBANKS - State and federal fisheries managers have asked subsistence fishermen on the middle and upper Yukon River to voluntarily cut back on the number of king salmon they catch.

Department of Fish and Game biologist Steve Hayes told fishermen that restrictions might be necessary if it appears that not enough fish will reach Canadian spawning grounds.

The request did not please fishermen who have been plagued by high water and debris for the past week and are just beginning to put their nets back in the water.

Tanana fisherman Charlie Campbell says nobody in that village has even met 50 percent of their subsistence needs. He says subsistence fishing should take priority over commercial.

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