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August 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Chinook return to the Elwha

As scientists from around the region converge in Port Angeles for the 2012 Elwha River Science Symposium, there was good news to celebrate: the return of Chinook salmon within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.

The fish was one of several Chinook that found their way up the Elwha on their own to be witnessed by park fishery staff, who have been walking the river watching for returning salmon. It was seen about two miles Inside the park boundary.

Earlier this year fisheries staff from the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and NOAA’S Northwest Fisheries Science Center also witnesses adult wild steelhead returning to the Little River, a tributary to the Elwha.

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