Saturday, July 4, 2009

Redfish Lake Sockeye Run Stronger than Normal

Idahos most imperiled salmon run is having a better than expected year. Redfish lake, 900 miles from the Pacific in the Snake River drainage is expected to see a return of 300 to 500 salmon this summer, a vast improvement from 2007 when 2 sockeye returned. Buoyed by improved ocean conditions and large releases of captive bred smolts, the numbers are gradually increasing. During last years record breaking sockeye return on the Columbia 650 fish returned. Provided the captive reared fish are successfully breeding in the wild it appears for now that Redfish lake Sockeye are holding on. See the full story in the Oregonian.

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