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OUTDOORS Capital City Weekly The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.

Widespread decline points to natural forces on kings

Chris Miller, left, Aaron Opp, and Jason Kolhase, right, on work to remove sockeye salmon from their net on the fishing vessel Icy Bay in the Egegik district of the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery in this Juneau Empire file photo. While harvest of pinks, chums and silvers boomed in 2013, the Bristol Bay sockeye return was less than its recent 10-year average with about 16 million harvested. The Nushagak River in the Bristol Bay watershed was the lone bright spot for king salmon in 2013 with some 113,000 fish entering the river and allowing liberal fishing for all users.
Klas Stolpe
Chris Miller, left, Aaron Opp, and Jason Kolhase, right, on work to remove sockeye salmon from their net on the fishing vessel Icy Bay in the Egegik district of the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery in this Juneau Empire file photo. While harvest of pinks, chums and silvers boomed in 2013, the Bristol Bay sockeye return was less than its recent 10-year average with about 16 million harvested. The Nushagak River in the Bristol Bay watershed was the lone bright spot for king salmon in 2013 with some 113,000 fish entering the river and allowing liberal fishing for all users.
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