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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. While I was perusing Facebook the other day, I saw an intriguing post shared by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. They apparently put tracking chips in some steelhead in Prince of Whales. The study involved 15-steelhead who received programmable chips to track their movements. The chips were meant to fall off at a certain point where researchers could find their signal and collect data on the fish's journey. Five of the fifteen chips have bobbed to the surface and the results are pretty incredible. In just four months, two of the five steelhead swam over 1,500-miles along the Pacific Coast all the way out the Aleutian Chain. Another fascinating finding is how close these movements match research done by the University of Alaska Fairbanks tracking fish on the Situk River near Yakutat. Scientists are investigating the conditions in the Aleutians to see if these waters are prime habitat for steelhead to feed and overwinter. You can see a map of the fish's journey on our Facebook page today. On another note, if you paid for a Puget Sound crabbing license this year, your catch record card is due October 1st. Until next time, Good Fishing!