Fish and Game conducting coho tagging study

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

HOMER (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting a study to try and determine short-term mortality of tagged silver salmon captured in salt water.

The study began last Thursday near the Homer Spit and was to end Monday. Its aim was to provide more accurate numbers on returning cohos.

Under the project, 400 silver salmon were to be caught in the vicinity of the Fishing Lagoon using a chartered purse seiner.

The fish were to be tagged and placed in net pens south of the lagoon, where they were held for two days and then released.

Half of the fish will receive a tag in their cheeks. The others will receive a dummy black plastic radio tag that will be placed immediately below their dorsal fins.

To get a more accurate count of returning salmon, scientists planned to count the number of fish that died in the pens.

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