King salmon escapement goal reached

FAIRBANKS- State officials say more than 49,000 Yukon River king salmon have reached the Canadian border. This surpasses the minimum goal set in the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada. It's the first time in three years the goal has been met. Declining King salmon runs in the Yukon– Kuskokwim area have led to restrictions on subsistence fishing, in recent years. Many communities agreed to a fishing moratorium this year, to conserve the species for future generations. The President and CEO of Doyon limited, Aaron Schutt says the moratorium is hard on residents. "There will be a huge reliance on the silver salmon in the fall and the chum salmon. This is a big hardship on people," Schutt says.