SAVING THE KING OF THE SEA
The Chinook or King Salmon swims almost 3,000 kilometres from the Bering Sea to the Yukon, scaling the longest wooden fish ladder in the world at Whitehorse before reaching its spawning grounds. Historic reports indicate that about
10,000 salmon were harvested annually upstream of Whitehorse, but over the past few decades the return has seen dramatic decline with only about 1,200 passing through the Whitehorse Dam. In collaboration with First Nations, industry and other local partners, we are scientifically assessing possible population stressors to guide future conversation and recovery efforts.