The Yukon River Salmon Agreement (the Agreement) establishing the Yukon River Panel (YRP) and its Joint Technical Committee (JTC) was recognized by both the US and Canada as an executive agreement on December 4, 2002 and now forms Chapter 8 of the Pacific Salmon Treaty (1985). The Agreement helps to ensure that adequate numbers of salmon are allowed to pass from the US into Canada and spawn in their natal streams.
The Agreement assigns many functions and responsibilities of the Pacific Salmon Commission (the body formed by the US and Canada to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty) directly to the YRP. Further, in the event the Pacific Salmon Treaty is ever terminated, the Agreement can stand on its own under the name Yukon River Salmon Treaty with the functions of the YRP to be assumed by a new commission referred to as the Yukon River Salmon Commission.
To enable the conservation and coordinated management of Yukon River salmon stocks of Canadian origin, the 12 member YRP meets twice a year to make recommendations to the responsible management entities on both sides of the Alaska-Yukon border. Unlike other regional panels and management committees established under the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the YRP follows its own internal by-laws and procedures, which are independent from the Pacific Salmon Commission.
The YRP’s main responsibilities, pertaining to Yukon River salmon stocks of Canadian-origin, are to:
|March 25-29, 2013||YRP Pre-Season||Whitehorse, Yukon|
|December 3-7, 2012||YRP Post-Season||Anchorage, Alaska|
|March 19-22, 2012||YRP Pre-Season Meeting||Whitehorse, Yukon||Agenda|
|December 5-8, 2011||YRP Post-Season Meeting||Anchorage, Alaska||Agenda|
|March 21-24, 2011||Whitehorse, Yukon||Agenda [PDF]|
|December 6-9, 2010||YRP Post-Season||Anchorage, Alaska||Agenda [PDF]|
Area Director and Yukon River Panel Co-Chair
Yukon/Transboundary Rivers Area