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News Warm waters sending salmon to Canada, not Washington

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Jerry A
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Warm-waters-sending-salmon-to-Canada-not-Wash-273060801.html

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Unusually warm water off the Washington coast is sending the vast majority of the sockeye salmon run to Canadian waters, leaving Puget Sound fishermen with nearly empty nets.

According to data from the Pacific Salmon Commission, nearly 2.9 million sockeye salmon have been caught in Canadian waters, while only about 98,000 have been netted in Washington through Aug. 19.

... During a typical sockeye salmon run, about 50 percent of the run goes around the south end of Vancouver Island through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, putting them in U.S. waters, the Bellingham Herald reported.

This year's diversion rate is unusual. If it stays around this level, it would be the highest diversion rate on record, dating from 1953, said Mike Lapointe, chief biologist for the Pacific Salmon Commission.
 
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