KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Columbia River fishery managers have released its forecast for the 2010 spring Chinook run. They're predicting a record run of over 470,000 for next year. This number more than doubles that of last year which had a final run of 169,300 fish.
The number comes from the Technical Advisory Committee who uses several models to predict the number of returning fish. Stuart Ellis, biologist of the fish commission and committee, says this predicted run means a lot to the area. "There's a fare bit of money spent on fishing and fishing related services, guides and motels and things like that. So it's an important economic boost for the area," said Ellis.
Ellis says if the projected forecast is correct than its a sign that the money spent on salmon recovery is working. The majority of the fish are expected to be around four years old weighing twelve to fifteen pounds.