FAIRBANKS -

Alaska fisheries managers say it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the number of king salmon counted as of this week by a sonar located near the village of Eagle near the border stood at 49,231.

That surpasses the minimum goal of 42,500 kings called for in the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada.

This marks the first time in three years that the goal has been reached.

The decline in king salmon has led to fishing restrictions for subsistence fishermen who live along the river and depend on the salmon for food.