Kodiak pink salmon runs may come in low

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

KODIAK (AP) The pink salmon run in Kodiak is leaning toward the low side, according to fishery officials.

With the pink season well under way, the forecast is for 11.2 to 19.9 million pink salmon. While the run is not disastrously low, it stands in contrast to strong runs in Prince William Sound, Southeast, the Alaska Peninsula and Lower Cook Inlet, where pink returns were unusually early and strong, with large fish.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game salmon biologist Kevin Brennan told the Kodiak Daily Mirror that early results indicated the run might be strong.

''Pinks don't start escaping into the streams until the beginning of August, but by the second week of July we had really good numbers of fish in most of the streams,'' Brennan said.

He said the early pace has diminished. In general, he said, escapements are excellent and the catches have been between 350,000 to 400,000 fish a day.

''If we are going to make our midpoint forecast, we would have to sustain those kind of catches for another 20 days, which I'm not certain is going to happen, Brennan said.

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