Safety is a main concern for a hatchery visit — for adults, children, students, teachers, parents and the salmon. Here are some helpful tips to consider when visiting the Issaquah Hatchery.
The grounds are often extremely slippery, even when it is not raining and/or snowing. Also, because of the constant use of water, spillage can occur in all areas of the hatchery, which makes the grounds very slick.
Please walk (don’t run) in all areas of the hatchery and wear appropriate shoes.
Most of your visit will take place outside, so please dress for the weather.
Please keep a safe distance from open pools of water, working machinery and egg incubation rooms.
Anyone visiting the hatchery (which is currently only done through tours) must wear a mask and check-in once on the premises. Upon check-in we will walk you through a covid symptom attestation, take your temperature, and collect contract tracing information.
If you have had symptoms, or exposure to someone with symptoms, in the last 14 days, or believe you may be sick please stay home.
Please do not touch the salmon!
If a salmon jumps out of a holding tank, notify a hatchery staff member or docent to return it to the tank. Salmon have very sharp teeth, and a bite from a salmon can be toxic.