SALMON "RUN' SETS RECORD ON SNAKE RIVER

SALMON "RUN' SETS RECORD ON SNAKE RIVER

A record number of juvenile salmon have been transported downstream by barge and truck around Snake River dams this year, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps reported that nearly 13 million young fish were aided in bypassing the dams, surpassing the previous high of 11.6 million in 1990.The total includes 1.3 million wild chinook salmon, about two times the number of wild salmon reported last year.

The remaining traveling fish this year have been steelhead salmon and hatchery fish.

In addition to the fish transported by barge and truck, 5.6 million juveniles swam through bypass systems on the Snake River dams, the corps said.

The increase in fish numbers this year is most likely due to greater rainfall and better survival rates among young fish over the winter, said John McKern, corps fish coordinator in Walla Walla, Wash.