There are many reasons for the high runs this year. Increased habitat restoration efforts, better management of the runs, hatchery releases surviving longer, etc.
Do you think this is the beginning of a positive trend or just a temporary increase?
Each year, the managers forecast based on hatchery releases, redd counts (for wild salmon) and other numbers generated by field researchers. Each year, they hope for the best. For the recent run counts, we hope the numbers reflect a trend for increasing populations, but we can’t know for sure until the fish actually migrate upriver.
Interesting. Do you know if there are any online resources where the public can track the forecasts or the actual numbers?
Fish Passage Center http://www.fpc.org Under related links check the sites listed for Regional Data Centers, especially DART, PTAGIS & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Very cool, thanks!
I really think that the government limiting commercial and recreational fishing has had a huge effect on the population numbers.
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