New salmon fry are hungry and feeding

Bill and Sylvia from Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery delivered 35,000 new Chum salmon fry on March 9, 2018.  Thank you Suquamish Tribe!

This 2nd batch of fish, as did our 1st batch, came directly off the incubation trays at the hatchery.  These new fish are the end-of-the-2017-Chum-salmon-run fish; meaning, the adult spawners from which these fry came arrived in Grovers Creek at the end of November 2017.  So these fish were something like 3 ½ months old when they arrived.  Our 1st batch of fry came from Chum spawners that arrived at Grovers Creek in early October 2017.

Like our 1st batch, these fry had never eaten by mouth and had never swam in a current before they arrived.  Now that they are buttoned up, feeding has begun 3 times per day, 7 days per week.  Recall that it’s important to be sure their alimentary tract/canal (digestive system) is completely formed so that food does not get trapped in the gut.  The relative way to determine this is to monitor the seam along their ventral side (under side) to see that it is fused where the egg/yolk sac was absorbed.

When visiting Carkeek Park, stop by to help feed our new baby salmon fry.  Look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign posted 3 times per day, 7 days per week when our Salmon Imprint Stewards are there.

Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project released 35,000 Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek on Friday, March 2, 2018!

This was our 1st release of the year, which will be followed by 2 more releases – one on March 24 and another Salmon in the Schools release in early-to-mid May.

Fish were released at about 5:45 PM this Friday.  Though it wasn’t dark yet (sunset was at 5:56 PM and it was dusky), flashlights helped as visitors and volunteers watched the fish make their way downstream after their release.  We’re talking about 35,000 salmon fry, so every small pool in the creek just downstream from the Imprint Pond had hundreds of juvenile fish venturing downstream. Rubber or hiking shoes are recommended along the wet banks near the release sight.  Kids brought parents, friends, and teachers!  Everyone took care not walk in the creek or trample vegetation and creek bank soil.

Enthusiastic gathering for the March 1, 2016 release of the 1st batch of salmon.

The fish that this community released will be among the hundreds that return to spawn in 3-5 years at Carkeek Park.

Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!

35,000 salmon fry are hungry!

Watch for "Feeding Salmon Fry" sign.

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Suquamish Tribe’s Fisheries truck brought 35,000 Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park.  Fish are fed 3 times a day, 7 days a week.  While the fish are here, they eventually become imprinted with the mineral and chemical smell/memory of the park’s Piper’s Creek Watershed.  This process insures that they have the best chance of returning to their new home waters in 3-5 years as spawning adults.

This batch of fish is just the 1st of 3 batches that will be delivered and then eventually released into Venema Creek by CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards.  So beginning now, look for the Feeding Salmon Fry sign across from the 1st lower parking lot as you come down into the park (see photo).

There also have been 30,000 eggs hatching in the Egg Incubator/Self-release Tank.  There are lots of emerging alevin visible in the top tray right now, but they are slipping through the mesh all the time and will soon be at the bottom of the deep tank and therefore harder to see.  So visit soon if you can.

  • CWCAP volunteers feed and imprint 70-100,000 salmon fry every Spring for eventual release into Venema Creek.
  • Eggs and fry are provided each year by the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery. Thank you!
  • These are the fish that will return to these home waters in 3-5 years to spawn in the fall. Get ready for that!
  • CWCAP and its partners help build Outdoor Classrooms across Carkeek Park.
  • Salmon Imprint Stewards can show you how to feed the fish, discuss operations, salmon life cycles, watershed improvement, and community stewardship. Learn, teach, participate, volunteer; let’s hear from you!