2012 week-42 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/17/2012)

Yesterday was the second week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Catches were again very large including the third-largest single set in the 31-year test fishery data series.

We caught a total of 5,245 chum in five purse seine sets:

Set 1 – 742 chum (and 35 coho)

Set 2- 387 chum (and 9 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

Set 3 – 590 chum (and 22 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

Set 4 – 3,143 chum (and 15 coho and 3 immature Chinook)

Set 5- 318 chum (and 9 coho and 2 immature Chinook)

The age breakdown was 40% age-3, 53% age-4, and 7% age-5.

The sample was 42% females.

Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24.