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2018 Salmon Imprinting Season Summary at Carkeek Park, Venema Creek

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.

For more information, visit the Salmon Imprinting page.

Salmon in the Schools fish are arriving at Carkeek Park

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.  Since Monday March 26, schools have been taking 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’s salmon fry into the imprint pond where they will be cared for through early May before their final release into Venema Creek.

Through mid-April 2018, more than 20 schools will deliver their salmon fry to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park.  Each of these schools received 220 Chum salmon eggs in early January to hatch and grow in 55 gallon refrigerated aquariums.  After 3 months of science, math, and cultural study and observation, these 2 inch salmon fry are moved into the 1,000 gallon Imprint Pond.  Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project‘s Salmon Imprint Stewards feed them 3 times per day, 7 days per week as they imprint the mineral/chemical signature —the scent— of the Pipers Creek Watershed.  This crucial sense of smell imprinted during this phase of their development will provide these fish the means to locate their home waters in 3-5 years as they return to spawn.

Salmon in the Schools —Seattle is supported by the Seattle Public Utilities’ Stormwater Education and Outreach Programs and hosted by Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project with support from Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks.