Those who want to track the pink salmon returns need to just look toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the southeastern side of Vancouver Island.
It is at this location where the Pacific Salmon Commission in conjunction with the Fraser River Panel conduct weekly updates on the sockeye and salmon returns headed to British Columbia and Washington waters.
In the latest news release, the purse seine test fishing catches of pinks had increased in recent days as of Aug. 23 in a location commonly referred to as “Area 20.”
Catches have shown that almost half of the pinks were of Fraser River origin, and the panel approved a run-size estimate of 10-million for the Fraser River pink return compared to a preseason forecast of more than 8.9-million. No inseason updates are made for Puget Sound pink stocks but the forecast calls for more than 6.2-million.
Here is the Area 20 “San Juan purse seine” catches: Aug. 11, 3,257; Aug. 12, 1,047; Aug. 13, 3,456; Aug. 14, 2,172; Aug. 15, 2,582; Aug. 16, 3,410; Aug. 17, 1,278; Aug. 18, 1,283; Aug. 19, 1,902 pinks; Aug. 20, 3,377; Aug. 21, 3,222; Aug. 22, 4,766; Aug. 23, 5,122; Aug. 24, 10,248; Aug. 25, 14,110; Aug. 26, 4,880; Aug. 27, 17,653; Aug. 28, 9,135. Total catch is 123,073 pinks.
The entire commercial troll, purse seine and gill-net catch-to-date by Canada and United States non-tribal and tribal (excluding Alaska) through Aug. 23 is 313,400 pinks.
To view the PSC test fisheries release, go to http://www.psc.org/info_testfishing.htm.