January 2021 Kootenay Lake Kokanee Recovery Update
The January 2021 Kootenay Lake Kokanee Recovery Update, published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Kootenay-Boundary Resource Management Unit stated, “Once kokanee survival improves as a result of less predators, kokanee abundance will increase quite rapidly. We need to continue harvesting predators until we hit that tipping point.”
The number of main lake kokanee spawners typically range between 250,000 and 2 million. Low survival rates of kokanee in the main lake have reduced spawner numbers to less than 40,000 in recent years, with approximately 90,000 counted in 2020.
See the full report here.
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