Early reports show good salmon runs in Kodiak creeks

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Early reports indicate the Buskin River is having an outstanding escapement, and it is not the only one.

Donn Tracy, a sport fisheries biologist for the Department of Fish and Game, said nearly all Kodiak creeks, with the exception of Afognak River, are having excellent salmon runs.

''It is still early enough that there is a possibility the early run reflects the early return of adult salmon,'' Tracy said. ''But we are continuing to get signals that this is a large run.''

As of Monday, the total Buskin River sockeye salmon escapement was 11,173. The normal escapement is about 3,400.

Tracy said it is too early to determine why the run is so great, but that mild winter weather contributes to high juvenile survival rates.

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