Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tagging on the Togiak

My girlfriend has been working for the WDFW tagging and tracking salmon over the summer on the Togiak. They use a drift net to capture the kings, stick a radio transmitter down their throats, then track them to see where in the river they are spawning. I had the chance to spend a day with them netting Kings.

As soon as a fish hits the net, they pull it in, untangle it and transfer it to the cradle. As long as the fish is in good shape, it gets a transmitter and scale samples taken.

And release.

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