With several years of declining returns, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has decided to close King Salmon fishing in the Valley for 2019.

According to KTVA, the closure affects all king fishermen in the Northern Cook Inlet area — specifically the Susitna and Yentna drainages, as well as the Little Susitna River.

According to the Dept. of Fish and Game, in 2018, the number of kings returning to spawn only reached about 8,500 fish, with officials expecting another poor return this year. Fish and Game has set this years minimum escapement goal at about 13,000.

Read the full KTVA story here