Alaska’s salmon are shrinking, and climate change may be to blameMore
By Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska’s highly prized salmon – a favorite of seafood lovers the world over – are getting smaller, and climate change is a suspected culprit, a new study reported, documenting a trend that may pose a risk to a valuable fishery, indigenous people and wildlife.
The study, led by University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) scientists, found that four of Alaska’s five wild salmon species have shrunk in average fish size over the past six decades, with stunted growth becoming more pronounced since 2010.
Hardest hit is Alaska’s official state fish, the Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon.
Chinooks on average are 8 percent smaller than they were before 1990,