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Fish And Game Says Chinook Numbers Up

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

By Bob Moffitt

The California Department of Fish and Game says there are nearly 730 thousand Fall Chinook in the Pacific Ocean.  This is three times the number found a year ago. 

Dan Bacher is the Editor of the "Fish Sniffer" magazine.  He says conditions for the fish have been improving…. more rain and snow have helped raise river levels, cool the ocean where the fish live, and

"… has allowed more fish to get up into the system and avoid the delta pumps and avoid predators."

The Fish and Game's numbers are no guarantee.  Its estimates have been off substantially the past three years. And the Pacific Fisheries Management Council may still vote to shorten the season. 
Delaying the start of ocean fishing for the fall chinook would  help protect the struggling winter chinook from being accidentally fished.
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