Tracking Radio-tagged Kenai River King Salmon

Benjamin Creek, a tributary of the Kenai where many of the tracked fish spawn.

If a spawning Kenai River king salmon kept a diary of its upstream migration it might look a little like the data collected in a recent Alaska Department of Fish and Game radio-tagging project.

Follow ADF&G biologist Adam Reimer in this audio story, as he tracks radio-tagged Kenai king salmon by boat and airplane, and listens for signals from live salmon—three beeps—and from salmon that have spawned and died—five beeps.

Patrice Kohl, who has been working on an Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar outreach project, produced the story.

Download the audio (mp3).

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The mission of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and the well-being of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle.

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