September 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM
Columbia River updated salmon and steelhead run forecasts
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of fisheries managers stayed with last week’s Group A steelhead run size projection of 205,000 fish total, including 86,000 wild fish.
TAC downgraded the Group B steelhead run size to 20,000 fish total, including 5,000 wild fish. The preseason forecasts were 291,000 Group A fish and 31,600 Group B fish.
TAC updated the upriver stock components of the fall Chinook return. Projections to the Columbia River mouth for the URB (Bright) and BPH (Tule) stocks are:
URBs: 832,500 adult fish (434,600 preseason)
BPHs: 69,000 adult fish (36,300) preseason)
TAC also reviewed the coho run size. TAC did not update coho today, but noted that the run as indicated by Bonneville Dam counts is tracking behind expectations.
TAC will meet again Monday September 23.
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