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Alaskans wonder where the king salmon are
Alaskans again this summer wondering where the king salmon are
By The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaskans again this summer are wondering: Where are the king salmon?

River after river has been closed to king fishing because the largest of the salmon species isn't showing up in enough numbers to ensure sustainable future runs.

In western Alaska, people living in dozens of villages along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers are turning to less desirable salmon species fish with lower oil and fat content to fill their freezers for winter in what one official described as a summer of "food insecurity."

Ray Beamesderfer was feeling the pain firsthand Thursday in south-central Alaska. The Oregon expert on Pacific salmon thought he'd be fishing with his family for famed Kenai River kings. Instead, they were casting for rainbow trout or smaller sockeye salmon.

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