The Coho salmon we raised will be released into Des Moines Creek on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to attend this release and learn more about the salmon we raised and their habitat. Since parking is limited, we are providing a free shuttle from Angle Lake Park to Des Moines Creek Park for this event. The shuttle will start transporting people at 10:30 a.m.
The City raised these salmon in a tank at the Community Center. The eggs were received in January, hatched and grew under our watchful supervision. This is the third year in a row we have raised and released these fish.
Salmon are an important part of the Pacific Northwest Ecosystem and have been for hundreds of years. In recent years, salmon populations have decreased. Because of this, local hatcheries help raise salmon eggs for release into creeks and the Puget Sound to keep fish populations stable.
After release, they will spend about a year feeding and growing in the creek before migrating out to the Puget Sound and ocean. There, they will continue to grow for about a year and a half. Adult coho salmon weigh about 8-12 pounds and are between 24-30 inches long.
At the end of their life, the salmon will return to their “natal stream,” or the stream they were born in, to spawn. They will lay eggs and their bodies become a source of nutrients for the stream ecosystem.
One of the factors impacting salmon health in our creeks is urban runoff. When it rains, water is washed into storm drains and enters nearby creeks and waterways mostly without any treatment. This water can carry pollutants that impact salmon. Over the last few decades as more and more roads, parking lots and buildings are built, more stormwater runs off and into our streams.
Article Source: Seattle Southside