Guided fishing trips in Alaska take place every day. Some fish are even sent to taxidermy and are mounted for decoration. The rest of the fish caught may be returned or Kept for food.
Angler hauls in massive King Trout. Reeling these fish in is a very dutiful task and often wears the fish out. Even though many fish are taken to eat, some are returned but later die.
This Statistic shown above presents the reasons for King Salmon fishing. A large percent of the use of these fish is for subsistence followed up by commercial use. A very small fraction of the fish caught are for testing and sport (fishing trips).
The management of King Salmon fishing is very important because without it the fish would struggle to survive. As shown above you can see that since 2005 we have limited the amount of fish we have kept. In 2005 we were keeping 13,132 fish and in 2011 we only kept 6,893. By doing this we are boosting the reproduction rate of the Salmon which results in a thriving Salmon population.
Year after year Alaskan officials are seeing all time lows of returning King Salmon. The percentage of fish making it back to the Taku has dropped by about half. From 1990-2006, that number averaged 4.3 percent. Many Studies, such as over fishing,climate change, invasive species and ocean acidification are being conducted by Alaska Fish and Game to come to a conclusion. Some believe the warming of oceans is to blame because warmer water temperatures is limiting the amount of prey for the King Salmon causing them to die.
Predictions based off of various surveys have been very alarming. The lowest number of King salmon returning to Alaska has been predicted. No fishing signs have been put up all over the state in hopes to save and maybe even boost the numbers of fish. Ocean pastures are killing most of the prey that King salmon eat when at sea resulting in alarming amounts of death of the King Salmon at sea.
Summary: Due to droughts that cause low river conditions the population of these fish have dropped significantly. Wildlife Biologists have mandated fishing restrictions such as length limit as well as restricted areas. Hopes are up but we do not know whats going to happen. Sustainability: This is not a very sustainable thing because we are losing our fish which is resulting in a loss of revenue. If we lose our fish, then we lose our natural course of life along the river.
Summary: The overall size of these fish is shrinking. Orca whales may be to blame although when you have predators and prey in one area, both can not thrive. Sustainability: This is not a sustainable problem. The overall fish size is shrinking which also results in fewer fish eggs which then results in fewer fish numbers. If this continues to happen we may eventually lose this species.
This solution will help the population of fish because it allows young fish to be returned into the water. These young fish get returned because they have not been given the chance to reproduce yet. Therefor by turning them back the population of the fish is starting to come back.
This is a great solution because we are potentially saving two major species. By restoring breeding grounds for these salmon, we are providing them the opportunity to reproduce to their fullest capability. This results in a great amount of food for the whales as well which is sustainable for them.
Humans are to blame for such low fish numbers because we have blocked breeding grounds by building dams and we have polluted water by logging practices up stream. This recovery process is going to take money and time as well as political power. If we all just use a little more caution when it comes to damaging a river in any way, we could prevent this from happening again.