240 adult coho salmon were released into lower Salmon Creek on Monday, December 17, 2012 for the fifth consecutive annual coho release. The visibility was poor due to the turbidity from the recent rains.
Below are some photos of the released adults to highlight a few of the distinguishing features of the hatchery released fish.
These fish have a hot pink floy tag attached near their dorsal fins (shown above: no numbers or info included on the tags, just there for visual recognition) and a hole punch on the upper lobe of the caudal fin (below).
They're not sure how long the floy tags are going to stay in the fish, but if present, this will be a great way to distinguish fish while spawning. Regardless of whether fish have a floy tag present, we will be scanning carcasses for pit tags and taking tissue samples as needed throughout the winter spawner surveys.
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