WASHINGTON - Alaska will harvest fewer salmon from the Canadian portion of the Yukon River, under a new management plan signed Wednesday by the United States and Canada.
The agreement, which takes effect immediately, caps 17 years of diplomatic efforts by setting harvest quotas and creating management programs for stocks of chinook and chum salmon from the upper Yukon River.
"The Yukon River Salmon Agreement will provide long-term certainty and stability for Yukon fishers," said Robert Thibault, Canada's minister of fisheries and oceans.
The agreement, an annex to the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty, establishes committees to advise both governments. The United States also is giving $1.2 million a year to restore and improve Canadian salmon stocks.
Under the agreement, Alaska commercial fishers will decrease their take of chinook salmon to allow Canada to increase its share to up to 26 percent, up from its usual 18 percent.