ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Federal Subsistence Board is considering a set of drastic proposals for the Yukon River. Low king salmon returns have shut down commercial fishing and limited subsistence fishing.
The Board says it's trying to find a way to boost salmon runs, while still providing for the people who rely on the salmon.
Up for consideration are a 12-year moratorium on the first salmon run of the season and restrictions on fishing gear.
The kings in the Yukon River don't run like they used to. Low returns have everyone concerned and wondering what to do.
“Now it's come to the point where the pie is being sliced narrower and narrower,” said Jack Reacoff, a subsistence fisherman.
“That lifestyle is, you know, out there's also a desire for people to protect fish from completely disappearing,” said Tim Towarak, the chairman of the Federal Subsistence Board.