Fish counting: then and now
October 28, 2012
In the olden days, fish counters watched fish pass in a window, using a clicker to manually track their numbers. The onslaught of technology has almost killed that old-fashioned procedure, replacing it with an efficient computer system, allowing counters to speed up, slow down or pause the screen.
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WENATCHEE — It’s been an exciting year for the six people who count fish at Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams. A record-breaking 410,618 sockeye climbed the ladders at Rock Island, and 363,308 continued on past Rocky Reach on their way to their spawning beds this summer.