Fishermen suggest moratorium on Yukon king salmon

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Another dismal forecast for returns of Yukon River king salmon has some subsistence fishermen calling for a fishing moratorium.

Orville Huntington says it wouldn't hurt to take a few years off and target other species to give kings a chance to recover.

Reports say Huntington spoke Tuesday in Fairbanks during a planning meeting with fisheries managers from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Huntington lives on the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon. He works as director of wildlife and parks for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

The Yukon River king salmon run last year was the worst since 1982. Biologists estimate 76,000 kings returned and subsistence fishermen saw fishing limitations.

Biologists forecast a run of 64,000 to 121,000 kings this summer.