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Apr 16, 2021
Officials on both sides of the border are concerned that the run will fail to meet conservation goals
The 2021 Yukon River Chinook salmon run will likely be a small one, according to pre-season forecasts. Officials on both sides of the border are concerned that the run will once again fail to meet conservation and harvest goals.
Somewhere between 42,000 and 77,000 Canadian-origin fish are anticipated to make the journey from the Bering Sea this year, Alaska and Yukon experts told attendees during the Yukon River Panel’s pre-season meeting on Tuesday. The most likely run size would be 57,000, they said.
That’s smaller than the pre-season outlooks for 2020 and 2019 — and both those years ended disastrously when it came to getting enough salmon across the border.