The third week of test fishing for South Sound chum at Apple Cove Point occurred on Oct 21. The tide was ebbing at daybreak until around 11:00 AM. A total of 1,866 chum (plus 21 coho) were caught in six purse seine sets. The sex ratio of the catch, based on subsamples weighted by the size of each set, was estimated to be 48% females. The age distribution will be posted when it becomes available. The breakdown by set was:
Set 1: 77 chum (plus 4 coho)
Set 2: 132 chum (plus 5 coho)
Set 3: 93 chum (plus 3 coho)
Set 4: 223 chum (plus 3 coho)
Set 5: 693 chum (plus 2 coho)
Set 6: 648 chum (plus 4 coho)
The week-44 test fishery will occur on Wednesday, Oct 28.
Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission <firstname.lastname@example.org> (360) 528-4383.