My Scientific Name
By the Numbers
2,000 Distance in miles that some Yukon River Chinook migrate upstream.
126 Weight (pounds) of largest Chinook documented (near Petersburg, AK).
8 Upper age in years of spawning adults.
How to Identify Me
I’m the largest of the Pacific salmon and have small black spots on both lobes of my caudal fin and black pigment along the base of my teeth.
Why I Matter
I’m highly valued by Alaska Natives and Canada’s First Nations as food and am a prized catch for Alaskan residents and visitors from around the world. I’m a key part of the landscape and way of life here.
Declining statewide with 10 “stocks of concern” as of 2015. The concern arises from fewer spawners returning than thought necessary to have a harvestable surplus or meet goals for the population set by fishery managers.