Caught that footnote AFTER I posted the pic, CM

So yeah... the 22650 escapement number was "made up" for the 1910's dataset.

But ya gotta remember, they fished long and hard back then... 7 days a week for months at a time. It's certainly possible they were capable of fishing the runs down to escapements of 20-25K or even less.

Escapements of 23K producing runs of 70K is a recruit per spawner ratio that's barely over 3:1.... definitely in the realm of believable.

If true escapement was actually greater than 23K, it probably wasn't by much.
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