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Canada and U.S. agree to seven-year fishing ban for chinook salmon on Yukon River

Published May 23, 2024

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Canada and the United States have suspended all fishing for Canadian-origin Yukon River chinook salmon for the next seven years in an effort to protect the endangered species. The agreement aims to cover one life cycle of the fish and includes a goal of rebuilding the population to 71,000. The suspension, effective from April 2024 through 2030, is part of efforts to address the declining chinook salmon numbers, attributed to historical overfishing, disease, climate change, habitat degradation from resource development, and competition from hatchery production. The countries plan to focus on habitat and stock restoration, as well as research to understand the causes of the declines.
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Canada and the United States are suspending all fishing for Canadian-origin Yukon River chinook salmon for seven years in an attempt to protect the dwindling species. The agreement covers the length of one life cycle of the fish, and recognizes that the "persistent decline of chinook salmon" has led to an inability to meet conservation objectives in both countries. Dennis Zimmermann, the chair of the Yukon Salmon Subcommittee, an advisory body focused on the salmon, said the deal is a year in the making and means having a long-term plan to protect the fish, rather than deciding annually how much fishing would be allowed. "(Chinook are) the lifeblood of the Yukon River. They're part of that woven cultural fabric that brought people together. I mean, communities reside on rivers because there was such an abundance of these large, mature, protein-rich chinook salmon," he said. Zimmermann said those on the water have watched as the once-large and meaty fish, which travel thousands of ...
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