Sockeye Released in Redfish Lakeby Staff
The Idaho Statesman, September 18, 2003
Idaho Fish and Game biologists were set to release 30 sockeye salmon into Redfish Lake on Wednesday, bringing the release to a total of 330 fish this year.
The sockeyes came from the state hatchery in Eagle and a federal hatchery in Washington, the department said in a prepared statement.
Sockeye were the first Idaho salmon to be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1991. Since 1991, only 16 wild sockeye have returned to Idaho.
To date, 314 hatchery-produced adults have returned from the Pacific Ocean to the Sawtooth Valley. Only two adult sockeye have returned so far this year.
The fish released Wednesday will spawn in October. Their offspring will head to the ocean in May 2005 and are expected to return in 2007.
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