This giving season, FISH is partnering with WAGives.org to reach like minded donors and partners. Funding will enhance and support science education & outreach. Over 13,500 school-aged kids visited the hatchery in 2023, educational tours & classroom presentations are the core of what FISH does! FISH offers engaging ways to learn in an outdoor classroom. FISH staff have highlighted five ways to support our mission.
Welcome to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!
The miracle of the salmon cycle affects all of us! The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery welcomes over
100,000 visitors a year. Located 15 miles east of Seattle along the I90 corridor & nestled against the Cascade mountains, the hatchery raises chinook, coho and kokanee salmon. The campus is free to the public, outdoors and open from dawn until dusk all year round.
We partner in Salmon Protection, Outreach & Education
FISH conduct educational school tours at the hatchery, provide a robust online salmon curriculum, and bring the community, organizations and local officials together to advocate on behalf of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
- Online Educational Opportunities for students and teachers
- Self guided hatchery tours start at the aquarium room on the north end of the hatchery and take about 45-90 minutes.
- The hatchery also feature a viewing bridge, life-cycle aquarium, Fish Gift shop, fish ladder, viewing windows, community rain garden, native plant garden & 34 interactive educational displays.
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Giving Tuesday ParticipationThis giving season, FISH is partnering with WAgives.org to reach like minded donors and partners. Funding will enhance and support science education & outreach. Over 10,000 school-aged kids visited the hatchery in 2023, educational tours & classroom presentations are the core of what FISH does! FISH offers engaging ways to learn in an […]
This November is a perfect time to re-up your Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) membership. Your subscription: 1. Supports for educational programs and workshops, on salmon conservation and habitat restoration.2. Opportunities to participate in hands-on activities like fish tagging and monitoring.3. Network with like-minded individuals passionate about preserving salmon populations.4. Provides early access to […]
Remember 6PPD-quinone? (one of the most toxic to coho chemicals ever tested). The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is lucky in that we have received enough healthy adults to meet our egg quota, but how many fish died in route that could have contributed to the Washington State fishing economy and the meeting of tribal harvest commitments? […]
There have been 480 coho spawned and 523,000 eggs taken! Hatchery Fish & Wildlife employees, aided by FISH volunteers did the spawning and fertilizing at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The public can view the spawning on Tuesday mornings at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The best place to view the coho upstream from the hatchery, is […]
Why are there large adult salmon further upstream? Happy to announce 2,469 coho salmon were released upstream to date! Hatchery Fish & Wildlife employees, aided by FISH volunteers did the releasing in two batches. The public can view the releases as well as spawning on Tuesday mornings at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The best place […]
There are those who are concerned that hatchery-produced salmon are ‘weaker’ than ‘wild’ fish. Technically this is statement is true, but it is a very small part of the story. Let’s examine some facts. In a wild river situation, one can expect about 5% of eggs successfully laid to produce smolt that make it to […]
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