The Suquamish Tribe’s Fisheries Department delivered 32,500 Chum salmon fry on Monday, March 6, 2017. Thank you Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery! This is our 2nd batch of fish this imprinting season. We released the 1st batch of 35,000 fish after 33 days of imprinting on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Visit the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond everyday while we have fish to help feed them. Look for the salmon feeding signs in the park 3 times per day!
35,000 salmon fry are on their way!
42 community members (mostly kids!) helped us release 35,000 salmon fry into Venema Creek Saturday evening, March 4, 2017. Dozens of kids tracked the fish as they made their way downstream, pool by pool. Chum salmon fry released in this system will make their way to their nursery grounds in the eel grass off of Carkeek Beach within about a week. Having been imprinted here for about 33 days, some of these fish may return to these home waters in 3-5 years to spawn.
Join us as we release 35,000 salmon fry into Venema Creek!
We are about to release 35,000 Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek this Saturday, March 4, 2017!
This is our 1st release of the year, which will be followed by 2 more releases in late March and mid-May.
Plan to be at the Carkeek Park Imprint Pond no later than 5:15 PM this Saturday. Though it won’t be dark yet, flashlights will be helpful as you watch the fish make their way downstream after their release. We’re talking about 35,000 salmon fry, so every small pool 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 this Saturday 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!