Lagunitas Creek observers see robust coho salmon run

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 Jan 17th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  390

Modified Jan 17th, 2019 at 8:56 AM

The recent burst of winter rains has helped drive endangered coho salmon up to their spawning grounds in Lagunitas Creek, with surveyors counting the highest number of spawners in 12 years.

“Since my last update we’ve counted 58 coho redds, bringing the season total to 160,” Marin Municipal Water District ecologist said Eric Ettlinger in a Jan. 7 update. “That’s slightly higher than average for this date, but we’ve also counted 563 adult coho salmon — the highest count in 12 years. It remains a mystery why we’re seeing so many fish but only slightly above-average numbers of redds. Many of the fish we saw last week had not yet spawned, so the redd count may still grow considerably. Fingers crossed.”

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