State wildlife officials have ordered a shutdown of sport fishing for Copper River salmon starting next week, citing low salmon counts
GLENNALLEN, Alaska (AP) — State wildlife officials have ordered a shutdown of sport fishing for Copper River salmon starting next week, citing low salmon counts.
Mark Somerville is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Glennallen. He says the closure likely will be for the entire season, though officials plan to monitor the situation.
Somerville says the department will evaluate whether restrictions on subsistence fishing are necessary.
KCAM reports that biologists believe warmer ocean temperatures are to blame for the low salmon returns. Temperatures up to 5 degrees higher than normal would cause increased metabolism and reduce food sources, limiting survival.
Most Read Business Stories
- House-rich, savings-poor and eyeing retirement, Bellevue couple ponders options | Money Makeover
- For house flippers, reality doesn’t match reality TV
- Firefox is back, and it’s time to give it a try | Tech Review
- GE's fall illuminates bigger problems facing the American economy | Jon Talton
- Amazon employees demand company cut ties with ICE
The Copper River commercial fishery has not reopened since closing late last month.
Information from: KCAM-AM, http://www.kcam.org