Now that the spring chinook salmon have finished their run to Cole Rivers Hatchery for the season, I'd like to know how many Rogue River chinook the hatchery sold this year and much money it got for them?
— Les A., Central Point
Cole Rivers Hatchery captured exactly 9,600 Rogue River spring chinook and sold 4,047 of them to Ocean Beauty Seafoods, which in turn made hatchery-captured chinook a pretty easy find in local fish markets.
The sale of these high-grade fish that are in excess of fish-spawning needs netted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife $79,477 this year, hatchery records show. That's the highest net on carcass sales since 2004's hefty return to the hatchery led to 7,712 chinook selling for a net profit to the ODFW of $87,205, records show.
The lowest take since 2000 came in 2007, when the sale of just 225 excess fish returned a profit to the ODFW of $3,075, records show.
Along with the fish sales, another 530 chinook went to American Indian tribes to help settle Oregon's treaty obligations involving salmon.
ODFW profits on the sales go into what the agency calls its "Carcass Fund," which the department uses to pay for hatchery-related expenses, including some of the trucking and releasing of trout in area lakes and ponds, Cole Rivers Manager Dave Pease says.
Since 2000, chinook sales at the hatchery have netted the agency $669,589 for the Carcass Fund, records show.
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