We are about to release our final batch of Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM! This is our final release of the 2017 Imprint Season.
This is our very special school fish release from the Salmon in the Schools program. 28 Seattle public and private schools delivered their fish, hatched from eggs and raised for 3 months, to the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond. CWCAP volunteers have been feeding them 3 time a day, 7 days a week while they have been imprinting with the mineral and chemical signature or smell of the Piper’s Creek Watershed. It’s very particular scent is now imprinted in special cells in the developing salmon so that they will be able to locate these home waters when they return to spawn in 3 to 5 years.
Join CWCAP and a whole lot of school kids and parents as we wish these amazing fish a fabulous journey!
Plan to be at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond no later than 8:00 PM Saturday, May 13. Though it won’t be dark yet, flashlights will be helpful as you watch the fish make their way downstream after their release. Small pools in the creek will have hundreds of juvenile fish venturing downstream. Rubber or hiking shoes are recommended along the wet banks near the release sight. Oh yeah — kids, don’t forget to bring your parents, friends, and teachers!
The fish that this community releases on May 13th will be among the hundreds that return to spawn in 3-5 years at Carkeek Park.
Thank you Suquamish Tribe and the staff at Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery for our fish stock, your expertise, and support!
Thank you Seattle Public Utilities Urban Watershed Outreach & Education and Salmon in the Schools —Seattle for in-school technical support, educational programming, and school transportation!
Fish from these 28 schools will be released on Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 PM!