Venema Creek

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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…

Annual Salmon Spawning Survey at Carkeek Park, data and tradition

2018 CWCAP survey crew (left to right): Tim (T.R.) Ricord, Lilli Hills, Alanna Sutton, Rick Henry (with male Chum salmon), Phil Kuhar, Matthew Kuhar, Spencer Fisco, Kat Krohn, Allison Bachner ; Carkeek Park, 11-24-18

Saturdays during the fall salmon run, a team of CWCAP citizen scientists collects data from salmon carcasses in the Piper’s and Venema Creeks, while another team systematically records live sighting and spawning activity data.  Each fall, CWCAP surveys each salmon carcass to determine whether fish are fully spawned, partially spawned, or not spawned at all (view salmon return numbers since 2014).  This is one measure of the heath of the adult salmon return. Through early-mid December, CWCAP will be conducting Saturday surveys (Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15) until no more un-sampled salmon carcasses are found.  Around Thanksgiving time has been within a few days of the actual peak of live activity for at least the several years.

Salmon carcasses are sampled for a variety of standard data measurements.

The following table summarizes the carcass and live results for Fall 2018.  For more details and survey results from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, please visit the Salmon Spawning Surveys page.