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October 19, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Word on Columbia River coho

Here is an update on Columbia River coho returns through Oct. 19:

Coho passage at Bonneville Dam through October 18 totals 196,300 adults compared to the preseason expectation of 160,100. Passage is typically 92% complete by October 18.

Coho returns to lower river facilities have generally been meeting or exceeding expectations. Tributary dam counts have been strong and some hatcheries are reporting very good returns to date. Some lower river hatcheries are not observing the returns expected likely due to lack of rain. Recent rains should trigger migration into those facilities.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed early and late coho stock status this morning (October 19) and reported that overall the run was tracking at or slightly ahead of expectations. TAC observed that the early stock return appears to be tracking slightly less than the preseason forecast of 466,700 fish while the late stock return appears to be currently tracking ahead of the preseason forecast of 236,600 fish.

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