Memorial Services Set For Charles “Stan” Staniforth

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 07:19PM

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The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery lost a wonderful friend in September of 2014. Charles "Stan" Staniforth passed away leaving a long legacy of devotion to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. He became a member in 2003 and could be found almost every day at the hatchery helping to do chores, spawn fish, mow the lawn or whatever needed to be done. He loved to help people understand the annual miracle of the salmon return to Issaquah Creek and enjoyed giving tours, especially to school children.

Memorial services are scheduled for Thursday, September 25 at 2PM. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 4228 Factorial Blvd. SE, Bellevue WA

“Stan was such a positive influence on so many children who came to the hatchery to learn about salmon. His legacy will live on in the many lives that he touched.” Gestin Suttle, former Executive Director of FISH

“It's hard to put in words - but he was a friend, a mentor, and just an overall good guy. To know him was to love him.” Norb Ziegler, FISH Volunteer

“Stan was an amazing man and I will miss him. He really loved being at the hatchery and we all benefited from his presence.” Darin Combs, Manager, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

“Issaquah lost a true friend of the Hatchery and FISH.” Fred Butler, Mayor of Issaquah

“Not only did Stan lead tours and spawn fish, but he worked at the hatchery like he was part of the hatchery staff. He cleaned restrooms, mowed lawns, fire hosed raceways, sampled fish, etc. Because of this he is the only volunteer who we gave a complete set of keys for the hatchery. He was also given a pin number to use the fuel cards since he refueled the vehicles and went to fill gas cans for the off road equipment and gas powered grounds equipment. In 2009 the Director of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife presented Stan with the Volunteer of the Year award, something very few volunteers receive. The hatchery staff is going to miss him!” John Kugen, Hatchery staff

“So sad! It won't be the same without Stan! I'll miss seeing him ride up on his motorcycle! RIP Stan!” Debi SanChez, Hatchery staff

Where's the Fish? Part 3

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:18PM

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The Chinook count is up to 4,827! And, the recent rain has brought the first of them into Issaquah Creek. And, we have jumpers! Few Chinook are being reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, but the Coho count is picking up! Pretty soon the official count will start tracking the Coho return – presently they have counted about 500 Coho at this time. That forecast is for over 22,000 fish, so we should have lots of Coho action at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Can you spot whether these fish are hatchery-reared or naturally spawned? Please “comment” with your observations.

Where's the Fish? Part 2

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 05:20PM

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Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “. . . a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River. The current count is pictured below:

The Chinook count has taken a nice bump up to 1,697. This is still short of the historic numbers at this time, but not scary. Yet. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery only needs about 800 pair of Chinook to hit our typical egg allotment. More sport-caught Chinook have been reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, which is right at the entrance to the Locks. The Neah Bay Chinook fishery has peaked and is dropping; one of the routes our fish take to get to the Puget Sound from the Pacific Ocean.

With these sparse numbers it is unlikely that fishing for the Chinook would be open in the Sammamish River or Lake Sammamish. The official word is on the WDFW site current regulations and Special Rules, which can change from day to day.

The sport catch out of Westport is still excellent. Now most of those fish are headed for the Columbia and other watersheds, but we can hope, can’t we, that some of these fish will continue up the coast to head to Issaquah.

The coho count has not started yet – the forecast is for over 22,000 fish, so that is very heartening!

Darin Combs, Issaquah Hatchery Manager, caught this 35 pound Chinook earlier this summer.

Where's the Fish?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 07:16PM

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Our favorite salmonids are on their way back! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) forecast (including the Issaquah Hatchery runs) expects “similar [to last year] Chinook fisheries” and “. . . a strong run of Coho salmon.” All our returning fish pass through the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks where they are counted as they make their way into the Lake Washington basin. Many of the Chinook and Coho are on their way to Issaquah Creek – most of the Sockeye are on their way to the Cedar River.

The count as of July 28th is pictured below. This chart, as well as a chart for coho, is updated every couple of days. We've linked this chart to the page on the WDFW website where you can see the latest count.

As you can see, only 489 Chinook have been counted so far – our fish are still hanging off in the salt water somewhere. A few Chinook have been reported at the Shilshole Public Ramp, which is right at the entrance to the Locks.

Fishing for our Chinook is occasionally open in the Sammamish River or Lake Sammamish – please check the WDFW site for the current regulations and Special Rules, which can change from day to day.

Additional salmon viewing opportunities around the Puget Sound can be found at the Salmon Seeson website – check it frequently for emerging opportunities!

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Meet FISH Volunteer Coordinator, Lei Deitz

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 08:44PM

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It is with great pleasure that we introduce Lei Dietz, our new Volunteer Coordinator. She began work on July 1st and is eager to meet all of our volunteers and our visitors.

Lei has work for 25+ years in the field of environmental conservation at non-profit organizations in Montana and Colorado, 15 of those years managing volunteer programs. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the job.

Lei grew up in Maple Valley along the Cedar River and has wonderful childhood memories of the many creatures she learned to cherish in that stream. She credits that experience with her love of the environment and her eagerness to help the next generation grow in its understanding of the importance of watershed stewardship.

She holds an AS degree in Natural Resource Conservation/Zookeeping from Pikes Peak Community College and a BS degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado. She has worked at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Zoo Montana in Billings and The Children's Museum in Colorado Springs.

She and Beverly Lee spent many hours together earlier this month so she could learn the ropes and pick up the reigns of this very important position with FISH. Please stop in and say hello the next time you visit the hatchery.

We are recruiting volunteers for our fall tour season right now. Our all day training is planned for August 23rd. If you have an interest in helping FISH tell the story of the annual miracle of salmon returning to Issaquah Creek, please get in touch with Lei by email or phone (425-392-8025), or by visiting our website and completing our volunteer interest form.

Welcome Lei to FISH. We know you'll like getting to know this committed, dedicated and fun group of FISH volunteers.

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