“A Pivotal Year”: Yukon River Salmon Season a Record-Breaker
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - August 31, 2016
With record-breaking chum and coho harvests on the Yukon River, Jack Schultheis is ready to call 2016 “a pivotal year.” Schultheis is general manager of Kwik-Pak Fisheries, and has been buying salmon on the Yukon for decades.
”We thought this year was going to be good, but Fish and Game went into the season saying it would be below-average,” Schultheis said.
The cumulative harvest is over 940,000 chum to date. Managers are calling the fall chum salmon harvest the largest in the 55 years of commercial harvest.
Escapement for both the summer and fall run, an issue of international importance since these fish spawn in the Salmon Mountains of northwest Canada, was over 2.9 million salmon, more than any year in the past five except 2014, when...Full Story »