Shrinking salmon

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Late Kenai River angler Les Anderson’s world record king salmon of 97 pounds, 4 ounces might stand forever if the work of Jan Ohlberger and other researchers at the University of Washington is to be believed.

What they have discovered in looking at decades of data on kings is a population of  steadily shrinking salmon.

“While changes in age proportions showed some region-specific trends,” they wrote in a paper published last month in the journal Fish and Fisheries, the size of the biggest fish – the ones that spend four- to five-years in the ocean – has been going down, down down since 2000.

Shrinking salmon
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