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Mandatory release of externally tagged salmon on upper Columbia River and key tributaries

Jun 22, 2012

Several fish-marking programs are currently being conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Yakama Nation and the Colville Confederated Tribes to study survival and migration patterns within the Columbia River system.

Because of that, effective July 1 through Oct. 15, 2012, Anglers must release all chinook and sockeye with external floy tags and/or with one or more holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

This action affects the mainstem of the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, and includes the Similkameen and Okanogan rivers.

Radio and/or acoustic tags will be placed inside chinook and sockeye salmon and will be identified by a colored external floy (anchor) tag below the dorsal fin.

In addition, fish will also be identified with one or more round holes (approximately
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