Each spring, 4 batches of Chum salmon are delivered to the Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park to be imprinted by CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards. 21 lead Imprint Stewards and 13 regular Imprint Stewards, care for, feed, and oversee the Imprinting System from January to May. With fish provided by the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery, CWCAP releases nearly 100,000 imprinted salmon fry into Venema Creek. Imprinting will give these fish the best chance at returning to their home waters in the Pipers and Venema Creeks in 3 to 5 years to spawn. Below is a table that summarizes CWCAP‘s imprinting activities for 2018.
Public, private, and home schools participating in the Salmon in the Schools —Seattle program are now moving their school fish to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park. From Monday March 26 to Friday, March 30, 11 schools have already taken field trips to Carkeek Park to participate in scavenger hunts focused on salmon life cycles and water quality questions. Each student then gets to personally introduce a few of their school salmon fry into the imprint pond where they will be cared for through early May before their final release into Venema Creek.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at a little after 8:00 PM saw the release of about 35,250 3-4 inch Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek where they will make there way to Piper’s Creek, to Puget Sound, and eventually to the Pacific Ocean. These very fit fish have a chance to return to these home waters in 3 to 5 years to spawn. Having been imprinted with the smell (chemical/mineral signature) of the water from Piper’s Creek Watershed, some of these fish will return to Carkeek Park creek waters in 3-5 years to find good habitat and mates after all the challenges they will have survived since their release.