Scene in Edmonds: Salmon in Shell Creek

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Salmon are now returning to Shell Creek to spawn. Retired NOAA fisheries biologist Joe Scordino of Edmonds reported that five chum salmon (but no coho salmon) were observed Monday along four streamside residents’ property in lower Shell Creek.

Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Students Saving Salmon club members are conducting a salmon survey and are asking streamside residents to help them by keeping a record of salmon sightings on their property, said Scordino, who serves as club advisor.

7 Replies to “Scene in Edmonds: Salmon in Shell Creek”

  1. This is the first time I have heard of Chum salmon in our creek. I go out to look at least once a day and I haven’t seen any fish so far. Our house backs up to Shell Creek at Aloha Way.
    I have been following the reports of a bad year for returning Coho. The Coho lives 2 to 4 years, so if you lose one year class in your creek, it could be one third of that run. Hopefully we will see a few Silvers in Shell Creek before it is finally too late.

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  2. Can someone help an amateur understand the different terms regarding species of Salmon and why only certain species would pick certain creeks?
    Chum?
    Coho?
    Blackmouth?
    Silver?
    Copper River?
    and would Steel head ever head up Shell or any of our other creeks?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Ed – take a look at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website on salmon at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/species.html . It gives a good description of each of the Pacific salmon species and their habitats.

      Each salmon species has specific preferences/requirements for the types of rivers/streams that they utilize. The small coastal streams in Puget Sound are used by coho salmon (also called ‘silvers’) and chum salmon (also called ‘dog’ salmon). Chinook salmon (also called ‘king salmon’ or ‘blackmouth’ in Puget Sound) only use larger river systems. Steelhead are unlikely to be found in the small streams around Edmonds as they prefer tributaries of river systems though they also spawn in the main river (such as the Cedar River). Copper River salmon is essentially a marketing term for the salmon (Chinook, sockeye) sold in stores and restaurants that come from the Copper River in Alaska.

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      1. Thank you Joe, that helps me a lot. As it seemed there are “official” names for salmon species and then slang or local names.

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  3. Wonderful news! Thanks to you, Joe, and to the Students Saving Salmon club for all the work you are doing at the Marsh, and for sharing this exciting discovery!

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