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Salmon Numbers Jump at
Central Idaho Mountain Lake

by Keith Ridler, Associated Press
KIVI TV, September 18, 2014

Sockeye salmon knot before spawning. BOISE, Idaho -- More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades.

Some 1,400 fish have returned so far from a population that in the 1990s bumped along with one and sometimes no fish returning, ultimately becoming the focus of an intense state and federal effort to prevent the unique population from extinction.

Now, fishery managers even envision a potential sport and tribal fishery being discussed within a decade due to extra fish.

Jeff Heindel of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says more wild sockeye salmon are making it back and a new hatchery facility will more than double production over the next several years.

Related Pages:
Count the Fish by Government Accounting Office, Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Efforts

Keith Ridler, Associated Press
Salmon Numbers Jump at Central Idaho Mountain Lake
KIVI TV, September 18, 2014

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