Abby Lowell

A king without a crown: Chinook vulnerable to ocean forces

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”

Alaska’s long-lived monarch — the king salmon — has fallen from its throne.

The species, which once thrived as a fabled ruler in state waters, was sought by fishermen from all over the world. Their presence in rivers like the Kenai, the Yukon and the Taku, to name only a few, brought sport and commercial fishermen to banks and river mouths for a chance to harvest this mighty resource.

Salmon species other than kings thriving in Alaska

Editor’s note: This is the second part of the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” 

 

On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived for a scheduled opening for salmon fishing. 

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