Sockeye Adult Fish Returns to the River


Each year, biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe conduct regular surveys of the entire 22 miles of the Cedar River below Landsburg to estimate the number of returning adult sockeye salmon. Two-person teams conduct most of these surveys from inflatable watercraft between mid-September and late December. They also conduct surveys on foot in the small tributaries to the lower river and in various off channel habitats along the mainstem. This information is of fundamental importance in determining the status of the population, assessing the condition of their habitat and monitoring fish harvest management practices.

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