After decades of low numbers, this summer’s sockeye salmon run on Yukon’s Alsek River is expected to be above average for the second year in a row. What’s behind the rebound is still a mystery.
Last year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) expected 11,000 sockeye salmon to return to the Alsek to spawn, but the actual number was more than double that prediction. It was the highest escapement seen in the area in more than two decades.
DFO expects this year’s runs could see nearly as many sockeye in the river, which flows from the Yukon through northern B.C. to Alaska.
“We’re not anticipating we’ll meet last year’s numbers,” said Tom Buzzell, a
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