2006 – Extreme Weather Affects Pink Returns
Late summer drought conditions and accompanying low flows are having an impact on Morrison’s Pinks, which spend two years at sea before returning to their native stream to spawn around mid-August.
Despite Morrison Creek’s continuous, year round flow of cool, clean water, this years’ run arrived to find flows too low for access to spawning gravel. By the time water levels rose, their spawning time was past. Hotter, drier summers and more extreme stormy winters are the predicted results of global warming. If this trend continues our Pink populations may be the first salmon species to be severely impacted by Global Warming.
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