The last year has seen surprisingly low numbers of salmon returning home to spawn along the yukon river. It is this fact that prompted Gov. Sean Parnell to ask for an additional $ 1.3 million in funding to study the Yukon river salmon. To try and get to the bottom of their low numbers and invest in better sonar equipment to better estimate numbers.
The villages along the Yukon depend on salmon as a valuable source of income it is also a staple in their diets. The mushers in the area didn’t even catch enough salmon this year to be able to feed their sled dogs.
So this proposal is much needed and will hopefully be passed.
Governor Proposes Funding for Salmon Research