Imprint Pond

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2019’s 1st batch of salmon fry will be released on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 pm (dusk)!

Join us at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond on Sunday, March 24 at about 7:00 PM for our first salmon release of Spring 2019.  30,000 fish will be released into Venema Creek, the main tributary of Piper’s Creek.  Tip: since the release is at dusk (not dark), bring a flashlight to help see the fish in the creek as they gather in the creek after release. Evening releases provide an opportunity for the fish to avoid visual predators like birds while they acclimate to creek conditions and work their way to Piper’s Creek and soon after, Puget Sound.

Salmon will continue to be fed 3 times per day, 7 days per week until the release.  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 to feed and do maintenance.  Stop by when you see the Help Feed Salmon sign at the trail head up to the Imprint Pond.

The next delivery of 30-35,000 salmon fry will be this Tuesday, March 26 by the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery. Salmon in the Schools fish will begin arriving on Friday, March 29 through April 19. More Carkeek Park salmon news to come…

2019 Spring Imprinting Season is here and we have salmon to feed!

Here’s what’s happening right now:

Salmon, Matt, Priya, and Bonnie; Jan 5, 2017
Eggs are being distributed on trays that will be placed into Egg incubator/Self-release tanks.

January 9, 2019 (1st batch)
CWCAP picked up 30,000 eyed (fertilized) Chum salmon eggs at the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery.  This 1st batch marks the official launch of the 2019 Imprinting Season.

Eggs have hatched in the Egg Incubation/Self-release tank and are now in the alevin stage of their development as they feed from their attached egg/yolk sacs.  By about mid-March the fish will have become free-swimming and will self-release themselves directly into Venema Creek by way of an outflow pipe.  Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery also provided about 220 Chum salmon eggs each to about 2 dozen local public and private schools participating in the Salmon in the Schools — Seattle program. Their fish are similarly developing and schools will begin delivering them to Carkeek Park on March 29 to be fed and imprinted by CWCAP‘s 21 Imprint Stewards. 

February 15, 2019 (2nd batch)
Grover’s Creek Salmon Hatchery staff delivered 30,000 free-swimming Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond.  The Suquamish have provided salmon to CWCAP for release into the Piper’s Creek system since 2004.

This continues the annual Imprinting Season as 21 CWCAP volunteers provide public and educational access 3 times per day, 7 days per week to these maturing salmon.  We keep salmon in several batches through mid-May and have several release events as well.

Please feel welcome to visit, feed the salmon, and share a good fish story.  Salmon Imprint Stewards will be there to positively add to your experience.  Look for the Help Feed Salmon, Now Open! sign in the park that indicates that our Imprint Stewards are there feeding the salmon.