07/29/14 - 8:21am
About 10-12 years ago, Yukon River king salmon runs (of high Alaskan subsistence importance) began to diminish, a harbinger of more and continuing problems in Alaska king salmon fisheries. These diminished runs have continued. In that same time, the Deshka River has also sustained at least two long term king salmon sport fishing closures. Now, Kenai River king salmon runs are not meeting ADF&G escapement goals, and the River has been shutdown in consecutive years (2013-2014) for the first time in history.