First Two Sockeye Salmon
by Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho – The first two sockeye salmon of the season have returned to central Idaho.
State biologists say the fish arrived Thursday, completing a 900-mile journey that started in the Pacific Ocean and required the passage of eight dams. The two fish are the first of hundreds that could return to the Sawtooth Valley to spawn over the next two months.
As of Thursday, federal fish counters reported that 1,157 Snake River sockeye, a species listed as endangered in 1991, had passed Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston.
Tests on these two fish indicate they emigrated from the Stanley area in 2007.
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