Biologists predict low Yukon River king salmon run

State and federal fish officials say there could be bad news for fishermen who rely on king salmon along the Yukon River.

They're predicting a chinook salmon run that's worse than last year, which was one of the worst in 30 years.

Last year's king run was estimated at 143,000 fish. Managers predict 109,000 to 146,000 fish this year.

Biologists say that 100,000 fish must reach spawning grounds in Alaska and Canada to perpetuate the king run, leaving few to catch by subsistence fishermen.

The Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada requires management so that about 50,000 kings make it across the border.

That goal has only been met twice in the last five years.