Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kitwanga Update to Sept.21st

Here is the latest update from the Kitwanga countign fence. 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 21, 2008 are as follows:
Sockeye = 319
Chinook = 1,450
Pink = 4,188
Chum = 116
Coho = 244
A total of 319 Sockeye have moved through the fence to date. Based on average run timings seen previously, approximately 91% (max. = 100% / min. = 65%) of the run has usually moved through the KSEF by September 21 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 cumulative run of 1,450 is significantly lower than the norm.
Pink salmon returns are the lowest on record since accurate enumeration commenced in 2003.
Both chum and coho have picked up slightly.

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