- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Washington’s pink salmon run is going to hit drought conditions as fish make their way from salt water to the Puget Sound.

The Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1MgdAIh) the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife expects the pink salmon run to be one of the best in years, but the returning fish are likely to see warmer, lower water due to the drought.

Tulalip Tribes salmon biologist Mike Crewson said environmental factors have had less of a negative impact on pink salmon than other species, like steelhead and chinook. Still, he says a major die off could occur if returning pinks are forced to crowd into the few areas of Washington’s rivers and streams that remain favorable to salmon.

State wildlife officials predict 6.8 million pink salmon for 2015.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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