Scene in Edmonds: Salmon in Shell Creek

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Attached is a photo I took yesterday of a salmon in Shell Creek that I thought might be of interest to your readers.  I'm not sure that many people in Edmonds are aware that we actually have adult salmon in our creeks about this time each year. I was out with students doing water quality measurements in Shell Creek along Brookmere Drive yesterday afternoon and we observed about six salmon in the creek.  I took several photos, and the attached is one of the better ones.
Joe Scordino, a retired fisheries biologist who volunteers with the Students Saving Salmon Club at Edmonds-Woodway High School, sent this photo he took Tuesday afternoon of a salmon in Shell Creek. “I’m not sure that many people in Edmonds are aware that we actually have adult salmon in our creeks about this time each year,” Scordino said, who added that he and his students saw a half dozen salmon while they were doing water quality measurements in Shell Creek along Brookmere Drive Tuesday. To assist with a database students are developing on salmon in Edmonds streams, residents who have observed salmon in creeks on or near their property are asked to email their sightings to EdmondsStreamTeam@gmail.com.

 

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  1. As I recall over 30 years ago, Fran Munson, a commercial fisherman living on Cary Rd started the salmon run there. His property was on Shell Creek. There were not salmon in the creek prior to that. However, there were a lot of small trout that were very tasty.

  2. Great information, David! Can you tell us more? Any historic info we can uncover in our community helps us be well informed as we look at the results of our current water quality study. Edmonds Stream Team would like to find out all we can about the history of the watersheds in Edmonds, salmon presence (rearing and spawning), land use, etc as well as what is happening in our creeks today. I’m a restoration ecologist with EarthCorps, live in Edmonds, and have been supporting Joe and the Students Saving Salmon team with the ongoing water quality monitoring. We’d love to hear more from anyone in the know- please email us at EdmondsStreamTeam@gmail.com. Thanks!

  3. I once talked with a volunteer at the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery. He said the hatchery has given salmon fry to elementary schools in Edmonds for classroom projects. The young salmon are eventually released into local streams and return as adults to spawn .

  4. This is awesome! When I was a kid, there was a creek called Salmon Creek that emptied into the Puyallup River. During spawning season, the creek was literally packed with salmon, and people would drive for many miles to witness it. Sadly, the Corps of Engineers diverted the creek to make way for the Valley Freeway and the salmon runs stopped. Seeing a substantial number of salmon in Edmonds’ streams would be a wonderful thing. For many, I think it would elicit that feeling of amazement I felt as a kid.

  5. I remember walking to holy rosary and wTching my classmate mike stienke catch salmon out of the creek running thru the pastors manse n the school. Very cool

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