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Alaskan Officials Predict Higher King Salmon Numbers in 2016

A higher king salmon run is predicted in comparison to previous years.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is confident that king salmon numbers will be on the rise for 2016, with run numbers expected to range between 125,000 and 219,000. The total run size for 2015 was the eighth worst on record.

Officials also predict chinook salmon to range between 125,000 and 219,000 kings, according to KTUU.

During meetings held last week along the Kuskokwim River in Bethel, various fisheries and wildlife representatives shelved expectations and management strategies, including drainage-wide escapement goals.

The goal stands at 65,000 to 120,000; in 2015, it exceeded this figure by 30,000.

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Alaskan Officials Predict Higher King Salmon Numbers in 2016