Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility – 2013 Annual Report

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In 2013, the Gitanyow Fisheries Authority (GFA) operated the Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility (KSEF) for the 11th consecutive year to count and biologically sample Pacific salmon returning to the Kitwanga River. The fence was in operation between July 10th and October 28th, 2013. The 2013 sockeye return was well below the highest recorded, above the lowest return in 2007, but much less than the running average between 2003 and 2012. The 2013 chinook return was the lowest recorded at the KSEF since 2003, and 45 percent below the running average (2003 – 2012). The 2013 chinook return marked the sixth consecutive year of declines since the highest return in 2007. The 2013 pink returns were much less than the odd-year running average, however the 2013 return almost doubled replacement of its 2011 broodstock. The 2013 chum salmon return was 70% of the average escapement recorded from 2003-2012, and marked the 8th consecutive year of low escapements. The 2013 coho escapement was well above the 2003-2012 average.