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Determining coho salmon harvest

Posted: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Chris Lorion and Hope Rieden net a coho salmon Wednesday in the salmon life cycle monitoring station on Mill Creek near Logsden. A monitoring site on the other Mill Creek, near Toledo, will play a key role in setting next year’s coho sport angling harvest. Chris Lorion releases a female coho into Mill Creek Reservoir to continue her upstream migration. Biologists transport each coho from the fish ladder to the lake after measuring and marking it. The ladder allows 100 percent capture of returning 2-year old jack salmon, allowing fishery managers to predict the size of the following year’s adult run. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

New policy could mean more fish some years, fewer others

In a shift more than a decade in the making, a small east Lincoln County stream is slated to play a key role in setting the 2013 coho sport salmon season.

In October, the Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the use of jack coho counts in Mill Creek - a tributary to the Yaquina River - as a predictive indicator of the following year’s adult salmon return. The policy could potentially increase the number of coho salmon allowed sport anglers.

For the complete article see the 12-07-2012 issue.

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