After decades of dwindling runs, sockeye salmon return to Yukon fishing village in droves

It’s been more than 20 years since Champagne and Aishihik elder Chuck Hume has seen anything close to the number of sockeye salmon that have shown up to spawn at the Yukon fishing village of Klukshu this fall.

“There used to be huge numbers of salmon,” said Hume, who grew up in the area.

“I can remember waking up my family here, and some of the elders would want salmon. They’d go down and gaff fish and they’d come out with about a hundred sockeye, easily.”

Champagne and Aishihik elder Chuck Hume hasn’t seen a sockeye run of this calibre in Klukshu for more than 20 years. (Matt Meuse/CBC)Champagne and

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