Low king salmon returns are a major concern this year in several parts of the state: Chignik, the Kenai, Copper River, Ship Creek in Anchorage, and particularly in Southeast Alaska.
So much so that in its 2018 forecast, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and game called Southeast returns the "lowest runs on record using historical information spanning many decades."
"It’s not overfishing, and it is something that’s going on statewide," Jim Hasbrouck, a fisheries scientist with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game said on Saturday.