Students Saving Salmon Club releases coho fry in effort to restore, enhance local fish runs

More than a dozen members of the combined Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale High Schools Students Saving Salmon Club assembled Saturday morning along Shell Creek in Edmonds’ Yost Park to release 2,000 healthy young salmon into the river system. These coho were reared locally in the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery just above the Edmonds Marsh.

“As soon as they hit the water they begin swimming straight upstream,” explained retired fisheries biologist and club advisor Joe Scordino. He went on to explain that the young coho will spend about a year in the stream system, where they’ll “eat lots of bugs” and grow larger before moving into the saltwater environment of Puget Sound. After two to three years – and lots more growth – the lucky few who escape predators and fishing operations return to Shell Creek, where they spawn and give rise to the next generation.

Learn more about the coho life cycle here.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

6 Replies to “Students Saving Salmon Club releases coho fry in effort to restore, enhance local fish runs”

  1. A huge thank you to the Saving Salmon Club and to your advisor, Joe Scordino. What an excellent example for all of us about saving and supporting these amazing creatures who are such an important part of the Pacific Northest. Many thanks.


  2. This made my day…actually my springtime! What a joy for the entire city of Edmonds! Thank you Joe, students and Salmon Solutions.


  3. Joe, Bravo! It is great that you are getting kids to “experience” the outdoors and learn some great things with this hands on approach.


  4. I wish I participated in this as a kid! I will be sure to look in the fall to see if the adults return


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