Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Kitwanga Update to Sept.1st

Here's the latest update from the Kitwanga counting fence. Information courtesy of Gitanyow Fisheries Authority
The Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility has been in operation since July 11, 2008 under slightly higher than normal water conditions, and total salmon counts to the night of September 1, 2008 are as follows:

Sockeye = 214
Chinook = 1,431
Pink = 1,266
Chum = 11
Coho = 18
A total of 214 Sockeye have moved through the fence to date. Based on average run timings seen previously approximately 69% (max. = 86% / min. = 29%) of the run has usually moves through the KSEF by September 1 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 ~ 300 fish.
Chinook escapement through the KSEF has to be slow, To date the escapement is the the lowest ever recorded since accurate enumeration started in 2003. Usually by September 1 our chinook escapements >2,350 and ~98% of the run would have moved through the site in any given year.
Pink salmon returns are the lowest on record since accurate enumeration commenced in 2003.
Very few chum / coho salmon have been counted to date.

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