News – Hatchery
Activity involving the hatchery facility, including harvests, incubation updates, releases, facility improvements or changes, etc..
Greetings, FISH friends! Today we present our spring fish release numbers — plus important information on a chinook study being launched by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to try to better understand and combat fish predation on our outgoing salmon smolt. It’s a really important issue, and let’s hope this study brings the […]
Working to better understand and protect salmon with fin clipping:This year, the hatchery is hosting two marking trailers, one manual and one automated. The manual unit is processing approximately 35,000 salmon fingerlings per day, while the automated unit can process 140,000 per day! About fin clipping… Clipping is a common practice conducted at most Washington […]
Flood Recap: In early February, following heavy rainfall, we experienced a record flow in Issaquah Creek of 2,400 cubic feet per second which resulted in: Flood waters inundating the hatchery, and Piles of silt on the hatchery grounds, resulting in a huge cleanup problem. Hatchery production remained safe but we came within 4 inches of […]
The first salmon of the season made an early appearance on July 11! The female chinook successfully made it over the lowered weir after several attempts. The following week, FISH summer campers were lucky enough to see a male chinook make it upstream as well! Fish at the Ballard Locks:FISH Docents have begun their weekly […]
In its natural state, water has an oxygen saturation level we call 100 percent, meaning the greatest amount of dissolved oxygen is available to fish to breath. However, outside forces can create a greater saturation of oxygen in the water than typically occurs. Because of the habitat and environment here at the hatchery, our oxygen […]