First batch of salmon are released at Carkeek Park!

First of the season release of 30,000 Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek, March 24, 2019. Each of the well-wishers in this photo are equipped with plastic cards to help flip salmon fry back into the main channel after possibly flopping too close to the banks.

CWCAP and 25 enthusiastic volunteers, visitors and families released a batch of about 30,000 Chum salmon fry into Venema Creek at Carkeek Park on Sunday, March 24. This was the first batch of fish to be released at the park in 2019.

Since March 16, thousands of salmon have also been slowly self-releasing from CWCAP‘s Egg Incubator/Self-release tank. Those fish will been completely gone by March 29.

Beginning on Friday, March 29, small salmon fry will start arriving at the Imprint Pond from schools in the Salmon in the Schools program. Between March 29 and April 19, 25 schools will bring their fish to be cared for and imprinted by CWCAP‘s Salmon Imprint Stewards until their final release in May.

Please stop by Carkeek Park and look for the Help Feed Salmon sign indicating that CWCAP stewards are feeding salmon. Imprint Steward volunteers are at the park 3 times a day for a short period in the morning, mid-day, and early evening. Times vary, so look for the Help Feed Salmon sign.

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…