2017 Cost Recovery Update

5 September: Cost Recovery Update

The SSRAA summer chum run is over. There was one clean up harvest this past week at both Neets and Burnett.  Almost all the fish caught this week were fall chums.

Summer chum egg take is done at both Neets Bay and Burnett Inlet.  An estimate of slightly more than 155 million eggs was taken at Neets and more than 8 million were taken at Burnett.

Neets is currently between runs and there are very few fish in the inner bay.  The fall chums have moved into Burnett Inlet.  We hope to take half, or more, of the fall chum eggs at Burnett Inlet.  There may also be some small measure of fall chum cost recovery harvest at Burnett if there are extra fish; but that may not occur as there are only 3’s and 4’s in this year’s return to Burnett.  Unlike summer chum, often more than half the fall chum return is comprised of 5’s.  Cost recovery and broodstock collection will probably start at Neets Bay mid-week, depending on run timing.

The return of summer and fall chum will not be large enough to meet the 2017 revenue goal.   This was anticipated as the forecast return was insufficient to reach that number and the return has been very close to what was forecast.

Snow Pass Coho: there has been yet one more “one last harvest” of Snow Pass Coho at the end of last week.  There was also a clean-up harvest of summer coho at Burnett as the summer chums were cleaned up after egg take.  At this point, we anticipate that this will be the actual last “last” harvest of these fish. We will not meet the modest 2017 harvest goal.  Similar to our fall coho releases, summer coho have not survived well in southern SE the past two years.  They have the same run timing and meet the same ocean conditions as pink salmon…and the pinks did not do well.

5 August: Cost Recovery Update

Cost recovery harvest slowed again this past week. There are fish in the outer bay, but probably because of the current weather situation they have been slow to move in to the barrier seine.  Harvest is confined to the area near the barrier as we will continue to collect brood stock through the next week or 10 days.  We generally collect brood fish over a three week period and that is going as planned.  During the past week an estimated 37,642 fish were harvested for cost recovery with about 18,500 going across the barrier for brood stock.  The total cost recovery harvest to date is an estimated 478,714 summer chums.  A total of 130,900 fish have been put over the barrier for brood.

Currently we anticipate needing 20,000 to 30,000 additional fish for brood stock. With any luck we will only need about 160,000 fish (as currently estimated) this year as the % female was greater when we started brood collection. Making the egg take goal can take close to 200,000 brood fish if males predominate in collection – something we can’t necessarily control.  But, that has not been the case this summer.

Cost recovery harvest is unlikely to meet the 2017 revenue goal, including the harvest of fall chum and coho.

Snow Pass Coho: though there are still some fish to be harvested at Whale Pass, we will not meet the modest 2017 harvest goal.  The market wants these fish in 2017; there simply have not been enough of them.

The harvest of chinook at Whitman Lake, incidental to brood stock collection, is about what was anticipated.

Summer Chum Egg Take at Neets Bay: Today, Saturday 5 August, we are in the 11th day of egg taking at Neets Bay and will have taken about 34 million eggs.  Normally on the 11th day we would have about 60 million eggs.  For whatever reason, probably a conspiracy of weather and tides, the fish have been reluctant to enter the brood raceways.  Brood stock behind the barrier is sufficient and healthy, simply not ready to spawn.  We anticipate things moving with the next weather event, or when hormones overwhelm reluctance.  At this point we are not overly concerned.

Burnett Inlet: Some of you may be following events at Burnett.  We have installed a “new concept” egg taking station.  It was tested for the first time with a spawn of about 300 females, 750,000 eggs, at the end of last week.  The final step in evaluation will be assessment of the survival to the eyed stage of the eggs taken.  Egg taking will continue at Burnett, but because only 3-year-olds from a modest release are returning this year: we don’t anticipate taking a lot of eggs at the site.  We’ll keep you informed.

30 July: Cost Recovery Update

Cost recovery harvest moderated some this past week as brood collection became a priority. An estimated 117,153 fish were harvested for cost recovery with about 76,400 going across the barrier for brood stock.  The total cost recovery harvest to date is an estimated 441,072 fish.  A total of 120,000 fish have been put over the barrier for brood.

Currently we anticipate needing approximately 50,000 additional fish for brood stock. The summer chum return normally continues into mid-August, but we are clearly past the peak at this time.  We were more effective harvesting fish earlier in the return in 2017, which moved the apparent peak to an earlier period…the actual return of fish was likely very similar to the historic pattern.

We will make meeting brood stock needs a priority, and that should be relatively easily accomplished. It is very unlikely we will meet the 2017 revenue goal during the summer chum return.

Snow Pass Coho: though harvest continues at Whale Pass, at this point it does not appear that we will meet the harvest goal.  There should be several additional harvests through the next three weeks.  The market wants these fish in 2017, there simply have not been enough of them.