Fall Chinook run on track, but prices head down

The Chinook tribe roasted salmon for attendees at their recent Summer Fest, and gave coho away to local needy people at the tribal headquarters in Chinook. There is a glut of salmon on the market, driving down prices for local fish.

BONNEVILLE - With more than 456,000 fall Chinook tallied at Bonneville Dam since Aug. 1, the late summer run is on track to finish up as the third largest since 1948. About 550,000 fish are expected by the end of the season.

According to fish managers, more than half the run is made up of upriver brights, born and bred in the Hanford Reach. But prices are so poor, biologists say some commercial fishermen have been dumping the less marketable tules overboard instead of bothering to sell them.

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