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May 20, 2016

2016: First Outlook for Yukon Chinook Salmon Run Timing on Lower Yukon River

Yukon Chinook Salmon 2016 First Outlook  
Each year Chinook salmon make their annual trek up the Yukon River in Alaska and are captured in subsistence fisheries as they migrate upstream. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries.  

Forcasters predict that the earliest scenario would see increasing numbers of Chinook salmon entering the lower river during the last week in May, with the first significant jump in abundance around the end of the first week in June. These estimates and the numbers behind them were released in the 2016 Yukon River Salmon First Outlook.

NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, with support from the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), use spring weather and other environmental data summarized on the AOOS website to estimate the arrival of Chinook salmon on the river delta.

“We provide information on run timing to managers so they can better manage fishing activities and conserve the salmon resource,” said Phil Mundy, director of the NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau, Alaska.

More background on the run timing forecast project and the history of the fishery are available online at the Alaska Ocean Observing System  and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and the well-being of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us onTwitter,Facebook,Instagram, and our other social media channels.

The mission of the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) is to address regional and national needs for ocean information, gather specific data on key coastal and ocean variables, and ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data


For more information please contact Marjorie Mooney-Seus,
206-526-4348 (office), 774-392-4865 (cell)

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