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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Columbia River coho return updated, and lower than anticipated

Fisheries managers are anticipating a smaller than predicted early coho run, based on harvest to date, limited escapement data and an updated ocean model with in-season ocean catch estimates.

The run size estimates used in the coho model range from 110,000 to 143,000 early coho, and 69,000 late coho for a total return ranging from 179,000 to 212,000.

Preseason forecasts were 184,600 early coho and 56,300 late coho (240,800 total return).

The downgrade in the early run is based on information in hand and the upgrade in the late run is based on uncaught fish from ocean fisheries.

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