It also topped 47 inches (47.5) and bested the previous state-record Chinook salmon – 46.06 pounds, 43.5 inches – a mark that had stood since 1978.
“I was shocked at first, then I was just overcome with complete joy. I don’t know that I have the right words to even explain the happiness and the healing.”
The region could experience a “traffic jam” of chinook salmon in the coming month.
This year’s forecasted return of 81,700 upriver spring chinook is up 12% from last year’s return of 73,100, which was the lowest since 1999.
For consumers, the bountiful harvest has driven down wild salmon prices to $15 to $20 per pound, compared with $30 to $35 per pound in recent years. And the salmon boom is also welcomed by sport fishermen and the boat operators who take them out to the ocean.
Survey reveals catch rates of chinook salmon double the five-year average during spring and early summer of 2018.
About 300 schools across the state take part raising salmon in classrooms with the goal of encouraging students to become advocates for the Great Lakes and the environment.
The DEC estimates that anglers caught 96,000 and kept nearly 54,000 Chinook salmon in 2017.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ranks winter-run Chinook as one of eight marine species most at risk of extinction.
Says U.S. Forest Service is violating environmental laws by failing to do mandatory consulting on the 23 projects with other federal agencies and instead is continuing to authorize the irrigation diversions in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
With fewer native fall-run Chinook salmon able to make their way back home to the leading salmon hatchery in the state, that hatchery could have only about half as many young salmon as usual to release next spring.
King salmon has helped create a multibillion-dollar sport fishery in the Great Lakes, but ripple effects of invasive species have left the fish’s future uncertain.
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In-season fish data suggest deficient king numbers could continue through 2018 or later.
Last fall’s egg take was excellent, exceeding the goal of raising 400,000 salmon for stocking purposes.
The salmon were a few weeks old and scheduled to be released next spring and return as adults in 2020.