The preliminary natural spawning escapement (all fish putting eggs in the gravel) for fall Chinook in the Chehalis looks to be a bit over 16,000, and about 6,000 in the Hump this fall. I havenít received the age data back from this group, but it will be interesting to see if the age structure is different from the past.
That's all fine and dandy, but technically speaking, the unit of account for e-goal is NOS ( natural origin spawners)... NOT total spawners on the gravel.
From a conservation standpoint, NOS is the intellectually honest metric to determine whether the management objective was achieved.
Curious... did Mike provide you with any idea of the P-hos versus P-nos for each sub-basin?
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"If you don't kill them, they will spawn." (Carcassman)