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2018 Imprinting Season ends on May 12

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at a little after 8:00 PM saw the release of about 37,250 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.

For CWCAP, this May 12th release represented our 3rd and 4th combined batches of Chum salmon (CWCAP‘s fish plus Salmon in the Schools fish).

168 parents, teachers, kids, and other visitors brought well-wishing anticipation to the these plump and frisky fish as they were released to continue their fascinating and challenging life cycle.  After feeding these fish 3 times per day, 7 days a week from January through May, CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards were on hand to enjoy conversations with visitors as everyone mingled before the final release.  Seattle Parks SUNGuides were on hand to join the conversations and give great care to the creek banks and vegetation as the many visitors vied for a place along the creek to view the release of these tens of thousands of salmon fry.  

For the entire 2018 Imprinting Season, Chum salmon were raised, fed, and imprinted by 21 CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards beginning January 9th with the 1st batch consisting of 30,000 eggs and continuing through May 12th, 2018 with two more batches of 35,000 fish each and 4,115 school fish.  This long-term commitment from 21 amazing volunteers is part of what makes this educational, demonstration, and outreach effort by CWCAP a success to the community and habitat & wildlife restoration since 1979.

Please come back to this page as numbers, trends, and future outlooks are added to summarize this Imprinting Season’s efforts.

Final salmon release at Carkeek Park: May 12, 2018, 7:45PM

Join us at the Imprint Pond on Saturday, May 12 at 7:45 PM for our final salmon release of Spring 2018.  More than 37,000 fish will be released into Venema Creek which joins Pipers Pipers Creek which drains to Puget Sound.  Tip: since the release is at dusk (not dark), bring a flashlight to help see the fish in the creek.

Salmon will continue to be fed 3 times per day, 7 days per week until then.  Please come by with family and friends to learn a bit, tell stories, and help feed the fish.  Salmon Imprint Stewards are at the park in the mornings, mid-days, and evenings for 30-60 minutes to feed and do maintenance.  Stop by when you see the  Feeding Salmon Fry sign at the trail head up to the Imprint Pond.

To recap:

30,000 salmon eggs hatched and self-released by the 3rd week in March

35,000 salmon fry were imprinted and fed and released on February 2, 2018

More than 37,000 salmon fry including about 3,000 school-raised fish will be released on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thank you Suquamish Tribe, fishers and stewards.  Thank you for all the fish!

Thank you Salmon in the Schools!  So awesome, so connected to our schools and communities.

Thank you Seattle Parks for our space and your support!

Thank you Seattle Public Utilities for continuing your obligation to protect our waters.  SPU uses our waterways to convey surface waters out of our neighborhoods.   Help us all by protecting our waters in your community.

Thank you CWCAP Salmon Imprint Stewards!  Your care for all of these fish and your willingness to spread your stewardship is priceless.