2012 week-41 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/10/2012)

Today was the first day of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Catches were higher than expected, considering the 2012 preseason forecast for South Sound chum of just 200,665.

We caught a total of 3,112 chum in six purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 436 chum (and 13 coho)

Set 2- 480 chum (and 11 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

Set 3 – 544 chum (and 16 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

Set 4 – 431 chum (and 8 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 5- 1,217 chum (and 27 coho and 1 immature Chinook)

Set 6 – 3 chum

The age breakdown was 31.2% age-3, 51.8% age-4, and 17.1% age-5.

The sample was 31% females.

The next test fishery is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17.