Salmon eggs

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2019 Spring Imprinting Season is here!

The new year brings the beginning and the continuation of the salmon life cycle to Carkeek Park.  Salmon of many species around the region cycle similarly and differently.  For Chum salmon in the Piper’s Creek system, we join them once again in January as salmon eggs arrive here at the park and at many Seattle schools.

Here’s what’s happening:

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
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 will hatch, develop and then self-release by about mid-March.  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. 

End of January, 2019
Grover’s Creek Salmon Hatchery staff will deliver 35,000 free-swimming Chum salmon fry to the Imprint Pond.  The Suquamish have provided salmon fry to CWCAP and the Piper’s Creek system since 2004.

This will continue 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.

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.

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.