- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Alaska officials are looking for subsistence anglers to help gather samples of king salmon.

Anglers will receive $10 per sample, KYUK-AM reported (https://bit.ly/2qS6hky ) Monday.

Holly Carroll, who manages the king salmon run on the Yukon for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the program helps officials understand what effects fishing management has on harvest.

Understanding these effects can help guide in-season and future decisions, she said.

The subsistence program is in its fourth year. Training sessions on how to collect the samples are beginning this week in Lower Yukon villages.

Spearfish Research, a fisheries biology consulting company, will conduct the trainings and explain what makes a scale viable and how to deal with the samples.

Collecting biological samples has several steps, the first of which is taking a fin clip off each fish.

“Then we analyze the genetic component of the harvest,” Carroll said. “And the other metrics we get are length and sex.”

The state also tracks the age of the fish, which is measured by the number of rings on a fish’s scales.

“Each fish has to have three scales come off and onto the scale card, and you have to check that scale and make sure it’s a viable scale,” Carroll said.

Each sample takes about five minutes per fish.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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