If you fish from the dock in front of the Juneau Empire building, you may have noticed the coho are getting bigger.
For more than 20 years, Douglas Island Pink and Chum used the same coho stock, said Director of Operations Rick Focht.
“The fish had done quite well for us,” he said. “But gradually, over time, we noticed the average size of the fish returning was getting smaller.”
So in 2008, they collected reproductive cells from a stock of wild coho on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Taku River.
This is the third year the new stock of coho has returned to DIPAC.