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By: Victoria Experimental Network Under The Sea  09-12-2011

Although we cannot know for sure what the species are, the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC)’s troll test-fishing program indicated the presence in the vicinity for that week of both sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) and pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) salmon with a very high proportion of pink salmon. Fish were gathering in the Strait and preparing to migrate up the Fraser River over these days. The PSC Mission Hydroacoustic Station recorded extremely high runs a few days later, with approximately 600,000 and 800,000 salmon passing the monitoring site on Sept 7 and 8, respectively, up from 86,000 on August 31 (personal communications with Yunbo Xie of PSC).


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