The salmon cannon is not a new invention, but the internet is just now grabbing a hold of it. Check out the CNN article here to see some of the reactions online. Keep an eye on the FISH Facebook page for updates on the salmon cannon and how it’s being used to transport salmon to their spawning grounds.
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 visit to the Ballard Locks! Every Sunday in August, volunteers educate the public on the chinook salmon entering the fish ladder on their way back to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!
Canadian officials are getting creative with solutions to get spawning salmon past a 16FT waterfall. Big Bar experienced a massive landslide resulting in the huge barrier for returning salmon populations. Officials are planning to airlift the salmon over the obstruction so that they can successfully spawn. Read about their plan here.
Today the hatchery released 526,607 chinook smolts into Issaquah Creek. We bid you a safe journey, baby Kings! Can’t wait to see you again in 3 years!!!
Today members of third and fourth grade classes from Issaquah Valley, Blackwell, and Arrowhead elementary schools joined us at Confluence Park for a day of education, restoration, and fun! Under the auspices of the Kokanee Work Group, participants included FISH, the Snoqualmie Cultural Department, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Trout Unlimited, Triangle Associates, City of Sammamish, City of Issaquah, Mid-sound Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife, Gibson Ek High School, and concerned citizens. Students learned about invasive weed removal, mulching, salmon anatomy, river dynamics, traditional rope and net-making, water quality stewardship, and how to toss kokanee into culverts. We were also honored to share songs with the drummers from the Snoqualmie Tribe and Chief Andy. Thanks to everyone who made this day a success students will remember for a long time!
Today 1,118,101 coho and chinook smolts were released into Issaquah Creek, where they will their way to Lake Sammamish. So wish them well on the rest of their journey!