Chinook salmon returns estimated at 118,000 in Alberni

Approximately 118,000 adult chinook are forecasted to return to the Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet in 2016.

Directed chinook fisheries are expected in the terminal Alberni Inlet area for all sectors.

Directed chinook fisheries are expected in the terminal Alberni Inlet area for all sectors.

Approximately 118,000 adult chinook are forecasted to return to the Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet in 2016. The vast majority of the chinook (92 per cent) are four years old, while seven per cent are three-year-olds and one per cent are five-year-olds. Directed chinook fisheries are expected in the terminal Alberni Inlet area for all sectors.

The commercial gillnet fishery ran from 9 p.m. on  Monday, Aug. 22 to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The economic opportunity aboriginal fishery opened on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 8 p.m. till midnight.

Aboriginal food, social and ceremonial hook and line fishing is open seven days a week.

The Stamp River and freshwater sections of the Somass River will opened on Aug. 25 for chinook and coho retention.