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Ketchikan Management Area
Fishing Research

Unuk River Chinook Salmon Studies

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Sport Fish Division, will continue their Chinook salmon Onchorynchus tshawytscha full stock assessment studies on the Unuk River in 2009. The Unuk River originates in a heavily glaciated area of northern British Columbia and flows for 129 km where it empties into Burroughs Bay 85 km northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. The lower 39 km of the river are in Alaska where it traverses the Misty Fjords National Monument in southern Southeast Alaska (SEAK) (Figure 1). The Unuk River supports relatively large runs of Chinook, coho, pink, chum and sockeye salmon.

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