Fish Radio

June 27, 2014

Chinook News

Chinook News


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Chinook News is keeping Alaskans updated as the State seeks clues about why stocks of the king of all salmon are on the decline.

Right now we are in the thick of our Chinook salmon research initiative which is a $30 million, five year effort and we want to make sure that we share with Alaskans what we know and what we hope to learn and get the public fully engaged in the process.

 Candice Bressler is Communications Coordinator for ADF&G. Salmon scientists are studying and testing Chinook stocks from 12 main rivers from Southeast to the Yukon.

For this first edition we wanted to introduce the major issues surrounding Chinook salmon in Alaska. We wanted to give folks an overview of what we are doing to understand the stocks, but also what we are doing to sustainably manage and rebuild Chinook in Alaska.

Chinook News includes much more than science updates.

So what’s great about this issue is you’ve articles about the role of research and the impact of bycatch, for example, written by some of our top scientists and they are very insightful. But we’ve also included an awesome article called  “A Century of  Salmon” about the Chinook tradition written by Ken Marsh and you can see historical photos throughout. 

You’ll learn how salmon find their way in the deep blue maze of ocean, Bressler says, and a section on Chinook fast facts.

Did you know the largest sport caught Chinook was 97 pounds. What a whopper.

Find Chinook News at any Fish and Game office and on their website.


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