Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project
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Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project

Education in Action since 1979

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Salmon Imprinting

Raising salmon at Carkeek

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Salmon Surveying

Measuring the success of the yearly Carkeek salmon run

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Carkeek Park Salmon Update

Carkeek Park is a special destination. Down the hill from the main entrance is a wide trail (to the right, North). The trail is mid-way on the the Salmon To Sound Trail. Walk up that trail and you’ll find a lot of salmon.

Right now at Carkeek Park, fish are being fed:
In the main fish pond: ~30,500 fish
In the Salmon in the Schools pond: ~4,000 fish
Already released in March 2019: ~60,000 salmon.

Salmon Imprint Stewards are there 3 times a day (morning, mid-day, and evening), 7 days a week. Watch for the “Help Feed Salmon” sign to know there is a Steward available to help feed the salmon.

CWCAP has already released nearly 30,000 salmon fry from the main fish pond and another nearly 30,000 from the Egg Incubation/Self-release Tank.

There are about 35,000 salmon fry at Carkeek Park right now being fed through Saturday, May 11. You can visit with your family and friends to help feed these fish before they are released into Venema Creek.

Salmon in the Schools fish are from 24 different schools. Public and private schools in this program raised fish from eggs in their schools and brought them to Carkeek Park as salmon fry. They will be cared for and released by CWCAP‘s well regarded Salmon Imprint Stewards.

39,000 new salmon at Carkeek Park and more school fish arriving in April

Spring is busy in nature and CWCAP is naturally busy every Spring with salmon coming and going.

30,000 fry were released as a batch on March 24, 2019 while another 30,000 salmon self-released themselves into Venema Creek. That’s about 60,000 Chum salmon fry already released into Venema Creek in 2019 — so far!

Another 39,000 very small salmon fry are right now just learning to feed. The Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery delivered them on March 26 — thank you! In May, they will also be released into Venema Creek. Until mid-May, the entire community is welcome to feed and participate in the imprinting of these salmon.

Beginning on March 29, schools in the Salmon in the Schools program will deliver their salmon fry to CWCAP‘s Imprinting System for care and feeding through May, 2019. With 25 schools in this program, it will take until April 19, 2019 for all of these schools to deliver their fish.