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July 22, 2013

Watch Salmon Return to Alaska Spawning Grounds in Real Time

By Tim Romano

The Forest Service has once again placed an underwater camera in Steep Creek near Juneau, Alaska to let people get a glimpse of Sockeye salmon returning to the Tongass National Forest in real time.

“The overall escapement, or numbers of fish that reach the spawning grounds, for Steep Creek sockeye varies from year to year. An average run would be considered 1,000 fish. We have seen it as low as 350 and as high as 4,000. So many factors can contribute to run size. It’s difficult to predict. So keep watching,” said Pete Schneider, a fisheries biologist on the Tongass.

I've been watching for just a few minutes this morning and have already seen a number of fish amble by. Apparently, the camera will be in place throughout the month of August when the fish runs dwindle and the late summer/early fall rains make it impossible to see.

Thought I'd give you all a little way to procrastinate a bit more than you need to on a Monday. Enjoy!

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from Bernie wrote 38 weeks 5 days ago

I lived in Juneau from 1983-85 (until the incessant rain drove me out), but don't know the location of Steep Creek. Is it on the mainland? I am almost positive that it is not on Admiralty Island as I know that area pretty well.

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from badsmerf wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

I grew up in Juneau. I read steep creek too and wondered where the heck is that. I'm pretty sure they mean sheep creek out by thane. Cool camera anyway.

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from Bernie wrote 38 weeks 5 days ago

I lived in Juneau from 1983-85 (until the incessant rain drove me out), but don't know the location of Steep Creek. Is it on the mainland? I am almost positive that it is not on Admiralty Island as I know that area pretty well.

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from badsmerf wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

I grew up in Juneau. I read steep creek too and wondered where the heck is that. I'm pretty sure they mean sheep creek out by thane. Cool camera anyway.

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