As 2022 Fraser River Sockeye Return, Historical Notes on Year Class Show Variability, Resilience
The forecast for this year’s sockeye return to the Fraser River is 9.8 million fish, significantly lower than the parent year’s pre-season forecast in 2018 of 14.98 million. But that forecast was dropped to 10.9 million after the season was over and the harvest from that run was only 5.19 million sockeye. Further, the escapement into the Fraser’s watershed creeks, rivers, and lakes was only 4.1 million, the lowest since 1994.
Sockeye salmon are four-year-fish, meaning that in general after their fresh-water ...
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