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Cause of kokanee die-off in Okanagan Lake uncertain

A recent die-off of more than 1,000 Kokanee in Okanagan Lake is not expected to affect overall numbers in the lake, say ministry officials.
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May 31, 2018 - 3:30 PM

KELOWNA - Provincial officials are puzzled by a die-off of kokanee salmon in Okanagan Lake.

More than 1,000 kokanee have been found washed up on the northern half of Okanagan Lake shorelines since May 25, according to a media release issued by the province today, May 31.

Samples from the die-off have been sent to the Provincial Animal Health Centre where they are being tested for disease. Results are expected within two weeks.

Officials say the die-off is not significant enough to pose a threat to the lake’s overall kokanee population.

Last year’s fish census counted more than 180,000 spawning kokanee, equivalent to the average return over the past 10 years.

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