Another season of smolt counting has wrapped up in Bristol Bay. The counts are part of a broader research project carried out by Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute.
Since 2008, BBSRI has been counting baby salmon as they leave their home rivers, bound for the ocean. The counts are being done to establish some baseline knowledge about the salmon life cycle for fish coming out of the Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik rivers. Justin Priest is one of the biologists working on the project.