The United States and Canada have agreed to harvest less salmon over the next 10 years. The agreement is part of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, originally negotiated in 1985. The treaty looks to prevent overfishing and interception, which is the harvest of one country’s salmon by the other country’s anglers.
Alaska will take a 7.5 percent reduction in the amount of fish that can be harvested. Canada will see a 12.5 percent reduction; Oregon and Washington’s harvests will be reduced by between 5 and 15 percent, according to the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Dozens of Alaskans spent more than three years negotiating the deal, balancing conservation and access to fisheries. The 59 members approved the agreement unanimously.