Abundant Sockeye Salmon Returns Expected in Sawtooth Valley | Environment

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The first two sockeye finished the 900-mile swim from the Pacific Ocean to Sawtooth Basin on July 28, about a week earlier than usual.

The first arrivals were greeted with optimism by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, which said the fish appeared to be the harbingers of the “biggest sockeye salmon return in years.”

“As of July 28, 2,041 sockeye had been counted at Lower Granite Dam about 30 miles downstream of Lewiston, nearly three times the 10-year average and the third highest on record since counts began at Lower Granite in 1975,” the department said in a statement this week.

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