Yukon River Salmon Agreement

Yukon River drainage
Salmon that originate in the Canadian portion of the Yukon River drainage are a shared resource between the Yukon Territory (Canada) and Alaska (U.S.). Yukon River Chinook and chum salmon have some of the longest migratory journeys in the world and are prized for their size and oil content. The people along the river depend on this resource for food, social, ceremonial, recreational and economic purposes. Due to sharp declines of Canadian-origin Yukon River salmon populations, the two countries negotiated a cooperative management arrangement for these resources – that arrangement is now known as the Yukon River Salmon Agreement.

The Yukon River Salmon Agreement outlines steps to ensure the sustainability of Canadian-origin, Yukon River salmon stocks and fisheries through conservation, management practices, stock rebuilding, harvest sharing, research and habitat protection. Ultimately, the Agreement was achieved by the people who depend upon and manage these salmon fisheries. The negotiations succeeded because of the dedication and hard work of Yukon River residents to preserve the salmon stocks and fisheries essential to their Yukon River way of life.

The people of the Yukon River take great pride in the Yukon River Salmon Agreement as it continually enables their effective participation in managing the Canadian-origin salmon resources. To learn more about the Yukon River Salmon Agreement, download the pdf version of the Yukon River Salmon Agreement Handbook found on this page or email info@yukonsalmon.org for a hard-copy to be sent directly to you.