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Big Increase in Number of Chinook
Salmon Returning to Columbia River

by Jessica Murri
Boise Weekly, September 14, 2014

Billy Monroe of Gresham watched Wednesday as some of that day's 30,068 fall chinook salmon (plus 7,500 coho and 6,000 steelhead) passed the viewing windows at Bonneville Dam's visitor center off Interstate 84. (Bill Monroe photo) Wildlife officials were well please this weekend, when 107,000 Chinook salmon climbed the Bonneville Dam fish ladder, Boise State Public Radio reports.

Sara Thompson, a spokesperson for the Columbia Inter Tribal Fish Commission, said the high numbers of returning fish is excellent news for Columbia River tribes and fisheries. She said the improved numbers come from several factors, including "improved fish passage, good ocean conditions ... great work by the Nez Perce Tribe and Snake River fall Chinook."

Ratios of wild versus hatchery fish haven't been determined yet, but the number of wild fish expected to make it all the way to the Snake River may exceed hatchery numbers.

So far, 520,706 fall Chinook have passed the Bonneville Dam this year. A daily fish counter can be viewed here.

Related Pages:
Fall Chinook Hitting at Snake-Clearwater Confluence by Rich Landers, Spokesman-Review, 9/17/14

Jessica Murri
Big Increase in Number of Chinook Salmon Returning to Columbia River
Boise Weekly, September 14, 2014

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