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KILLING OCEAN LIFE: Chinook Debacle | High Sierra Backpacker


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 28 February 2018



Chinook Debacle

Largest Chinook salmon disappearing from West Coast,
University of Washington, February 26, 2018.

"Chinook are known for being the largest Pacific salmon and they are highly valued because they are so large."

"The researchers analyzed nearly 40 years of data from hatchery and wild Chinook populations from California to Alaska, looking broadly at patterns that emerged over the course of four decades and across thousands of miles of coastline. In general, Chinook salmon populations from Alaska showed the biggest reductions in age and size, with Washington salmon a close second."

"The largest and oldest Chinook salmon -- fish also known as "kings" and prized for their exceptional size -- have mostly disappeared along the West Coast."

"Despite...differences in life history, most populations analyzed saw a clear reduction in the average size of the returning fish over the last four decades -- up to 10 percent shorter in length, in the most extreme cases."

"This suggests that there is something about the larger ocean environment that is driving these patterns."

"...there is no smoking gun."


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