National Fisherman


NOME — Western Alaska fishermen hoping for improved king salmon runs in 2014 will be disappointed again, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
 
The department is forecasting another dismal year for kings and has scheduled meetings in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik and Koyuk to discuss a strategy for letting them reach breeding waters, KNOM-radio reported.
 
“This year, we’re projecting a very poor king salmon run throughout western Alaska,” said department biologist Scott Kent. “Norton Bay, Shaktoolik, and Unalakleet sub-districts are the three areas that have major chinook salmon producing watersheds. In those areas, there’s going to be some severe restrictions taken in order to try to conserve nearly every chinook salmon that’s returning to these waters.”
 
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