Fishery Disaster for King Salmon Returns to Alaska’s Famed Kenai River

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    Fishery Disaster for King (Chinook)salmon Returns to Alaska’s Famed Kenai River
    By Craig Medred 31 July 2021

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    A lucky angler with a child-size king salmon of the sort that used to be common in the Kenai River/ADF&G photo

    After two years of dismal Chinook returns to the Kenai River, the state’s most famous salmon stream is this year on the way to setting a new record for dismal as a long, downward spiral continues.

    Long gone are the days of daily battles with monster “kings” as Alaskans call these salmon. Increasingly a distant memory is the world-record, 97-pound, 4-ounce fish the size of a small boy that the late Les Anderson wrestled from the grey-green glacial stream in May 1985.

    Despite the absence of dams on the river that drains much of the Kenai Peninsula, despite habitat that could only be described as pristine when compared to the Pacific Northwest, despite severe restrictions on both commercial and sport fisheries, the Kenai kings are following the Chinook trend of the Western Pacific Ocean down, down, down.

    You can read the full story here By Craig Medred 31 July 2021

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