Friday, September 12, 2008

Kitwanga Update to Sept.11th

Here's the latest Kitwanga counting fence update to Sept.11th.
Information courtesy of Gitanyow Fisheries Authority.

The Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility has been in operation since July 11, 2008 under normal water conditions, and total salmon counts to the night of September 11, 2008 are as follows:
Sockeye = 303
Chinook = 1,449
Pink = 3,466
Chum = 29
Coho = 68
A total of 303 Sockeye have moved through the fence to date. Based on average run timings seen previously, approximately 85% (max. = 99% / min. = 31%) of the run has usually moved through the KSEF by September 11 in any given year. If this years run timing holds true to average run timings observed previously, we predict that the sockeye escapement to the Kitwanga for 2008 will be approximately 350 fish.
Chinook escapement through the KSEF is almost complete. To date the escapement is the the lowest ever recorded since accurate enumeration started in 2003. The average escapement from 2003-2007 was approximately 2,400 adults, therefore the 2008 is significantly lower than the norm.
Pink salmon returns are the lowest on record since accurate enumeration commenced in 2003.
Very few chum / coho salmon have been counted to date.
Information courtesy of Gitanyow Fisheries Authority.

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