Scene in Edmonds: Saving salmon

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To enhance and recover salmon in Edmonds, the Students Saving Salmon Club from Edmonds-Woodway High School were out last weekend monitoring water quality in Edmond and supplementing the salmon population in Shell Creek.

Students placed about 250 coho salmon eggs from the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery into a hatchbox and then secured the hatchbox in upper Shell Creek. The salmon egg hatchbox is designed to hold fertilized salmon eggs in a stream until the eggs hatch and fry emerge. Each egg is placed in an individual chamber that has holes large enough to allow water passage but too small for the egg to pass. Once the egg has hatched and the newborn salmon consumes its yolk sac, the salmon fry is slim enough to pass through the holes and into the stream.

The hatchbox functions similarly to gravel in the stream, where salmon naturally lay their eggs to incubate with the fry emerging from the gravel. With the hatchbox method, hatchery-spawned salmon feed naturally in the stream rather than having to be fed in hatchery ponds. The hatchbox will remain in the cool, well-oxygenated waters in Shell Creek until early March, when the coho salmon fry will emerge from the hatchbox and begin their first year of life in the creek.

2 Replies to “Scene in Edmonds: Saving salmon”

  1. I took an Ecology class at EDCC. This makes me smile so big!!! Thank you for doing your part!!!!! SOOOOO Important to conserve our salmon, and wildlife. God bless you!

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  2. Great job to Dave, Joe and all the Students Saving Salmon. It is always great news to see young individuals supporting our environment. Such a great method of education as well. Kudos to all involved and I thank the City Council and Mayor for their continued financial support of this group.

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