Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chinook Collapsing in Bering Sea

Once abundant, Chinook returns have plummeted over the last three years in the rivers surrounding the Bering Sea. Among the systems effected is the Yukon River, where native communities have long relied Chinook to provide economic opportunity and sustenance for their remote communities. A number of factors are likely contributing to low returns of including changes in ocean currents, and the ecology of the Bering Sea. Bycatch in the multimillion dollar Pollack Fishery definitely isn't helping either. The fishery catches huge numbers of Chinook while targeting pollack and often bycatch goes unreported. In 2007 however over 120,000 chinook were reported caught in the Pollack fishery, with many more likely unreported. See more information in the Seattle Times

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