2015 week-42 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (10/14/2015)

Wednesday, October 14 was the second South Sound chum test fishery at Apple Cove Point. Tides were not ideal: ebbing in the morning and flooding in the afternoon. Catches improved somewhat over the previous week with a total of 714 chum caught in six seine sets (plus 57 coho and 37 immature Chinook). The breakdown by set as as follows:

Set 1: 39 chum, 7 coho and 4 immature Chinook

Set 2: 69 chum, 12 coho and 8 immature Chinook

Set 3: 120 chum, 11 coho and 7 immature Chinook

Set 4: 248 chum, 10 coho and 8 immature Chinook

Set 5: 150 chum, 10 coho and 4 immature Chinook

Set 6: 88 chum, 7 coho and 6 immature Chinook

The age distribution and sex ratio:

Week #42
Ages Male Female Total
2 0.5% 0.0% 0.5%
3 24.3% 18.2% 42.5%
4 28.5% 19.2% 47.7%
5 6.1% 3.3% 9.3%
Sex Ratio 59.3% 40.7%
Avg Length (cm) 69.0 65.3

Next week’s test fishery will take place on Wednesday, October 21st.

Questions may be directed to Bill Patton at the NWIFC: 360-528-4383.