Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and a bunch of baby Coho

Today I had the opportunity to view conservation and science work first hand.

At the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, things are bumping. The Chinook Salmon are returning home from their years at sea to Issaquah Creek, their home imprinted on them from their birth. As these massive fish move upstream, capturing the eyes and imaginations of people who flock to watch them, something just as impressive, though somewhat less appreciated is going on in the background.

In a back corner of the hatchery, perched next to a trio of massive water-runways filled to the brim with baby Coho salmon, is a trailer, within which the science of conservation is being performed. In this trailer, baby Coho Salmon are being tagged and clipped, so that when they return from their many-year journey to sea, they can be identified.

I had the opportunity to speak to Sam Matulich, a Fisheries Biologist on site, and he graciously showed me the ins and outs of the project, as well as some of the processes involved. With the NIFC’s (Pending) Permission, I’ll post some of the images I managed to capture of the project!

Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more information and pictures as they become available. I intend, as always, to keep on swimming!

-The Bald Fish Guy

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