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.

Salmon in the Schools fish are arriving at Carkeek Park

Public, private, and home schools participating in the Salmon in the Schools —Seattle program are now moving their school fish to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park.  Since Monday March 26, schools have been taking field trips to Carkeek Park to participate in scavenger hunts focused on salmon life cycles and water quality questions.  Each student then gets to personally introduce a few of their school’s salmon fry into the imprint pond where they will be cared for through early May before their final release into Venema Creek.

Through mid-April 2018, more than 20 schools will deliver their salmon fry to the Salmon Imprint Pond at Carkeek Park.  Each of these schools received 220 Chum salmon eggs in early January to hatch and grow in 55 gallon refrigerated aquariums.  After 3 months of science, math, and cultural study and observation, these 2 inch salmon fry are moved into the 1,000 gallon Imprint Pond.  Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project‘s Salmon Imprint Stewards feed them 3 times per day, 7 days per week as they imprint the mineral/chemical signature —the scent— of the Pipers Creek Watershed.  This crucial sense of smell imprinted during this phase of their development will provide these fish the means to locate their home waters in 3-5 years as they return to spawn.

Salmon in the Schools —Seattle is supported by the Seattle Public Utilities’ Stormwater Education and Outreach Programs and hosted by Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project with support from Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks.