KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a better sockeye run in 2002.
''There will be a slight improvement,'' said department research project leader Mark Willette.
Fish and Game predicts that there will be a return of 3.7 million sockeye to the upper Cook Inlet in 2002 with an expected harvest of 2.2 million. That's up from this year's 2.1 million and the 1.5 million of two years ago.
The return to the Kenai River is expected to be 1.7 million, with 787,000 returning to the Kasilof River, 451,000 to the Susitna River, 141,000 to Crescent River and 95,000 to Fish Creek.
Willette said the 2002 forecast is based upon numbers of smolt monitored between 1996 through 2000.
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