An excellent overview of the state of the salmon in Puget Sound

Chris Dunagan is one of the best reporters in the Pacific NW covering the Salish Sea. Here’s a great overview of the state of the salmon.

Are we making progress on salmon recovery?

In recent decades, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to restore habitat for Puget Sound salmon. In this article, we look at how scientists are gauging their progress. Are environmental conditions improving or getting worse? The answer may depend on where you look and who you ask. Chris Dunagan reports. (Salish Sea Currents)

Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster–Seattle Times

I know that there are many fishing families here on the Peninsula. Here’s some news from up north, if you aren’t already aware of it.The  causes? Still unknown, which always bodes ill for a solution. Given that the upper runs where the fish breed are pretty much natural if not wild, this points more to an ocean issue, as stated in the story.

King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief. Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the disaster declaration Thursday for the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, which flow into the Bering Sea, and for Cook Inlet region south of Anchorage, which includes the Kenai River.  

Alaskan King Fishery declared a disaster

Decline in king salmon is rooted in the sea, Alaska state biologists–Bellingham Herald

The loss of King salmon continues. This is a very good article that looks at a lot of the issues. Worth the read if you care about salmon and how to reverse the downward trends. 

Something in the ocean has been death to Alaska’s king salmon. The state’s iconic fish, treasured for food, sport and cash, should now be swimming in droves up rivers from the Southeast rain forests to the populated Railbelt and the Western Alaska tundra. But they’re not.

and this

"The drift fishery in front of the Kenai and Kasilof is a pretty clean sockeye fishery," Gease said. "Last year, they caught 3.2 million sockeyes and about 500 kings. That’s a phenomenal low rate of bycatch."

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