Fraser River sockeye numbers lowers than expected

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The latest update on sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River shows numbers are a little lower than expected.

The Early Summer-run estimate of two point two million has dropped by 200-thousand.

Details released after the latest meeting by the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Fraser River Panel show migration at about fifty per cent.

The previous estimate of seven million has fallen to six million.

Recent test fishing catches indicate 94 per cent of the Fraser sockeye are now passing through Johnstone Strait.

Temperatures are still cause for concern because warmer water can create severe stress to migrating fish.

Earlier this month, we were told to expect between 7.2 million and 72 million sockeye by the end of the season.

 

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