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Yukon River salmon swim to Canada in record high numbers


FAIRBANKS (AP) — Despite a below-average overall run, the Yukon River king salmon population had the highest number of Chinooks make it across the border toward their Canadian spawning grounds in 10 years.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that about 83,000 fish went across the border this year. An international treaty mandates that at least 42,500 Chinooks must get to Canada, but Alaska fishery managers have only managed that goal in two of the past four years.

Between 118,000 and 140,000 Chinooks were projected to enter the Yukon this year. Alaska Department of Fish and Game...

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