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Senator Kookesh to attend Yukon Drainage Fisheries Association

Senator Albert Kookesh (D-Angoon) will be attending the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association meeting in Galena this week (February 13-16).  The main focus of this annual meeting will be the King Salmon Management Plan.  Numerous panel discussions and presentations covering issues on fishery management, stock productivity, and regulatory processes are scheduled for this important event.   “I look forward to meeting with the communities that rely on the Yukon for survival,” said Senator Kookesh, “Numerous stakeholders will be there, including elders from over 30 villages, the Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as several Alaska State Legislators and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.”

The 2010 king salmon returns were so low that only 33,500 fish made it into Canadian spawning waters.  That is nearly 9,000 fish below the minimum escapement numbers established between the United States and Canada.  Such low returns have led to unprecedented restrictions on the fisheries in that area.  It has immense impacts on the people who depend on the river.

Senator Kookesh represents 129 rural communities; his district covers the Yukon River from the Canadian border all the way to Marshall, approximately 1,000 out of the 1,200 miles of the river.  For questions or more information please contact Dorothy Shockley in Senator Kookesh’s office at 907-465-3473 or email Dorothy.shockley@legis.state.ak.us

 

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