Climate change is the villain in a tragic story of declining wild salmon runs in the Yukon River. Ken Weiss of the LA Times reports that an emerging disease is killing fish because of climate change, and about the state of Alaska fiddling while the Yukon salmon burn.
Blogfish's northern link, my older brother Dale Powell who lives in AK and flies to villages all over the state, broke this story before Ken Weiss, reporting on troubles for native fishermen who are losing their traditional livelihood as the salmon decline (in the comments on the post). Oh, and the Fairbanks paper had a story too. And there was a story in 2001 on Arctic Science Journeys produced by Alaska Sea Grant.
All because of that ich-y parasite that you've probably seen on aquarium fish at one time or another, ich. Maybe we won't have sustainable wild salmon from Alaska in our fish markets much longer?!