Today was the third week of test fishing for South Puget Sound chum at Apple Cove Point near Kingston. Despite severe fog and less than ideal tides, catches improved significantly over the past two weeks.
We caught a total of 3,456 chum in five purse seine sets:
Set 1 – 214 chum (and 4 coho)
Set 2- 565 chum (and 12 coho and 4 immature Chinook)
Set 3 – 528 chum (and 12 coho and 5 immature Chinook)
Set 4 – 425 chum (and 15 coho and 4 immature Chinook)
Set 5- 1,724 chum (and 8 coho and 2 immature Chinook)
The age distribution of our 200 fish sample was 20% age-3s, 71% age-4s, 8% age-5s and 1% age-6s.
Our sample was 56% females.
Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission <firstname.lastname@example.org> (360) 528-4383.
The next test fishery is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31.
Quick recap of weeks 41 and 42:
During the week-41 South Sound chum test fishery, a total of 464 chum were caught in six sets. The catch was 34% females. And age breakdown was 4.5% age-3s, 86.5% age-4s, 8.5% age-5s and 0.5% age-6s.
During the week-42 South Sound chum test fishery, a total of 494 chum were caught in six sets. The catch was 46% females. And age breakdown was 10.0% age-3s, 83.6% age-4s, and 6.4% age-5s.