International Salmon Meeting

FAIRBANKS- Yukon River Chinook salmon populations have been waning in recent years and when the fish reach Canada, their numbers dwindle. State Agencies and Native groups from Alaska and Canada are working to find solutions to prevent a disaster, this week at Pike’s Landing. As part of the Yukon River Treaty Agreement, at least 34,000 king salmon must cross into Canada, but scientists say that may be impossible this year. As a result, people in both countries may change fishing practices to help increase chinook spawning rates. The Grand Chief of the Council for Yukon First Nations, Ruth Massie says, this meeting is a larger extension of what has come before. "We've talked back and forth but not as groups and we need to express to them what are concerns are of the limit of fish coming across the border, and maybe we have some solutions," Chief Massie said.