Since 2006, Chinook salmon runs have declined all around the state of Alaska. Although this has been a problem for several years, 2012 marked the worst year yet. This post’s a serious problem to commercial fisherman who rely on these fish for their living. The U.S department of Commerce has declared (salmon) failures in several major watersheds, such as the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers; which have in turn caused commercial fisherman to become eligible for disaster relief. State Commerce Department Officials have estimated that commercial fisherman lost between 2-3.7 million dollars in the 2012 fishing season, due to poor King Salmon runs and closures. Governor Parnell has put together a team to research the underlying cause of the diminishing King Salmon returns.