Thousands of Salmon are preparing for a river swim, but first they will be tagged as part of a federal stocking program.
Since the Pen Net Project began in 2007, the DNR has seen a marked increase in the number of Chinook returning to the Boardman River in the fall.
Each of the 60-thousand salmon will be marked with an FRID tag, part of the federal stocking program, so the fish can be tracked when they are caught or return to the weir.
The salmon will stay in the pen nets for three to five weeks depending on growth rate. They will be fed with automatic feeders. Raising fish in pen nets allows them to grow and increases the chance they will return to the Boardman River to spawn.