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Poor Salmon Run Could Threaten Treaty

CANADA - The number of king salmon that reach the Canadian border might not satisfy a treaty agreement between Alaska and Canada despite massive cuts in subsistence fishing up and down the Yukon River in Alaska.

The state has failed for the past three years to meet obligations laid out in the Pacific Salmon Treaty, says SeattlePI.

According to the news organisation, biologists are projecting the size of this year's chinook run to be 120,000 to 130,000.

Biologist Steve Hayes said 50,000 to 55,000 of those fish will have to make it to Canada to meet Canadian escapement and harvest objectives.

"It's too early to say whether or not we're going to meet the Canadian escapement goal," he told the news organisation. "It's going to be a while before we can tell how we did with the conservation measures we put in place."

the Fish Site Editor

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