Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2009-2010 Winter comes on strong in SEAK

A very weak winter makes way for the possible first reversal of SEAK pink salmon fortunes for over a decade.

Since 1999, both cycles have been a bit flushed and the winters have produced declines, albeit barely noticeable in 2003-2005 when we were on draconian limits.

Now we anticipate that we'll never be on limits again. We'll believe it when we see it. Salmon have a way of creating confusion in their returns.

The good news is that we have an odd cycle in the bag with the mildest winter we've seen in at least a decade. Hopefully this is a trend.

The bad news is that most of the smaller island systems or lower lying systems, like POW, Kuiu, Etolin, etc. have little snowpack on their mountains, so hopefully for the even cycle, we avoid a drought this summer.

Good fishing. Call anytime.

Session is over and I'm moving around to visit the fleet so call me if you want me to come to your town for lunch.

Especially if you live somewhere warm and sunny.


ps, bottom line. 26 million in 2010, 76 million in 2011.

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