Columbia River sockeye salmon fishing season extended

By on July 16, 2014
Wild sockeye salmon en route to spawning zone in Issaquah Creek, near the Issaquah Hatchery. (Credit: Ingrid Taylar, via Flickr)

Fisheries managers in Washington and Oregon are extending the sockeye salmon fishing season for the rest of July on the Columbia River, according to the Daily Astorian. The move comes after updated forecasts for sockeye numbers.

The figures are set to beat previous forecasts by nearly 60,000 fish, with fisheries professionals predicting 425,000 sockeye salmon this year. Populations of other fish, like Chinook salmon, are forecast to reach 67,500.

The fishing season for sockeye can only be extended because salmon are returning at or above predictions, officials say. The season for chinook was also extended this year, but just for four days.

Image: Wild sockeye salmon en route to spawning zone in Issaquah Creek, near the Issaquah Hatchery. (Credit: Ingrid Taylar, via Flickr)

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