Counting salmon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Times are tough enough for salmon without a reporter shortchanging them.

In last weekend’s story recapping the fall salmon run, I reported that just 1,832 adult salmon migrated up the Stanislaus River this past season.

But that number refers to the salmon carcasses that were later counted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Obviously not all carcasses are located after the fish spawn and die, so the better number to rely upon is the 5,507 salmon that were seen swimming upstream past the weir near Oakdale.┬áThat’s only a couple of dozen fewer fish than the previous year, and is actually a relatively high number in the context of the past decade or so.

The point of the story doesn’t really change, though. The full effect of the drought on our state’s salmon populations has not yet become apparent. Next year and the year after that should be interesting.

In the meantime, sorry ’bout that, fishies.

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