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    Question Dead Fish?

    Hey everyone,

    My better fishing partner (My wife) and I were trolling for silvers in Cullross passage yesterady and noticed an odd thing.

    In the middle of the passage where Long Bay is, there were hundreds of dead pinks and chums on top of the water everywhere.

    Could it be boat prop related?

    Yes we did good on the silvers, until the rain started.

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    theres a stream there right? Maybe they are just spawned out fish? Strange, ask ADFG what they think?
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    Report it to F&G as sometimes commercial boats dump thousands of pounds of fish illegally. The trooper in Valdez is aware of this and needs help with the problem.

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    Will report to ADF&G tomorrow

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    I've seen the same thing coming out of Esther bay near the hatchery. I think they are simply hatchery fish that are returning and have no place to go. They hang out in the bay until they die and then float away.
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    There is a Lake at the end of Long Bay, but these fish were not spawned out and the nearest hatchery is Main Bay.

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    Question Were they damaged?

    You asked about the possibility of the fish deaths being "prop related" Did they have any prop type marks? Were they colored up from being in a river? Bloated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose-head View Post
    You asked about the possibility of the fish deaths being "prop related" Did they have any prop type marks? Were they colored up from being in a river? Bloated?
    Or net marks?
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    Default not sure what to say

    I heard a few years back that some of the hatcheries are allowed to strip eggs from fish and then dump the remains. Also, some of the pinks that are not recoved for cost are allowed to be harvested and dumped offshore away from the hatchery. Not sure if any of this applies here but a call to ADF&G Cordova should answer the question.

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    Didn't really notice any marks and they were bright silver, not spawned out. The mystery lives on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBassking View Post
    There is a Lake at the end of Long Bay, but these fish were not spawned out and the nearest hatchery is Main Bay.
    Theres also wally noremberg hatchery on easter island they stock pinks, chums, and coho. If its commercial dumping thats strange because pretty much all of curlross seems to be closed because of stream closures...
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    In Main Bay earlier this year, I saw guys in a commercial skiff throwing lots of salmon (didn't get close enought to see what kind) out of the skiff and into the water. If they weren't supposed to be doing it, they weren't trying to hide it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skydiver View Post
    In Main Bay earlier this year, I saw guys in a commercial skiff throwing lots of salmon (didn't get close enought to see what kind) out of the skiff and into the water. If they weren't supposed to be doing it, they weren't trying to hide it.
    My guess is that it was spawned out sockeye, we'd rather not deliver that nastynest to the tenders for obvious reasons, don't know about the legality of the situation but selling fish that are squirting eggs so the processor can dump em in port valdez and lower everyones prices just doesn't make much sense. Of course as crew I was angry when we did that, they were still giving us top dollar for every red even if it was hidden at the bottom of the bag and nasty

    I bet the guy doing it had the line site inside the bay eh?
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    Default pinks in culross passage and close to there

    to me and my passengers looked spawned out. They has some kinda strips going to the belly and then the bellies were a light reddish color. Not much of a hump on the males but a little ones. Ran up long bay and a lot was in there. So we concluded they are just spawned out pinks.

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    Default Looked spawned to me too...

    They were disbured throughout Culross Passage yesterday. Thought about stopping to take a closer look, but was out looking for the elusive Silvers. Was a pretty slow day.

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