Help "Out-Plant" Salmon Fry This Saturday In Miller Creek


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Here’s a rare opportunity to have a real, unique yet very effective hands-on experience helping local wildlife – a salmon fry “out-planting” will be taking place this Saturday, Jan. 23rd at 9am at the Southwest Suburban Sewer District’s Hatchery in Normandy Park.

Basically thousands of baby salmon “fry” will be released into Miller Creek, which is a very cool thing.

You can come, help out, or just watch and take photos (Photographer Michael Brunk will be there as well).

If you’d like to participate, you’ll need boots, a clean ice cooler(s) and likely a raincoat given the weather of the past few weeks.  The Chapter does have some coolers equipped with aerators which some can be used for longer trips to the streams.

Keep in mind that parking is limited, so you might want to car pool, bike or arrive a bit early. SW Suburban Sewer District is located at 1015 Southwest 174th Place in Normandy Park; phone: (206) 244-2202.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Salmon Fry out-planting

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23rd at 9am

WHERE: Southwest Suburban Sewer District Hatchery

INFO: From an email announcement:

President Dr. John Muramatsu & Hatchery Manager Russ Welker of the Duwamish-Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited have announced that the Coho fry in our Southwest Suburban Sewer District Hatchery will be ready to plant into local streams next Saturday, January 23rd at 9AM.

Those wishing to participate in fry out-planting should meet at the SW Suburban Sewer District at or about 9AM.  Parking is somewhat limited.

You’ll need boots, coolers and likely a rain coat given the weather of the past few weeks.  The Chapter does have some coolers equipped with aerators which some can use for longer trips to the streams.

This year, we will be mixing the hatchery water with stream water to help the fry adapt to cooler stream waters while being transported.  Fry should be slowly transitioned into the stream by mixing stream water at the release site to reduce temperature shock.

If you have access to a planting site on your property, great, if not, the release team will provide release locations.

For those that would like photos, bring your camera.  There is an easy access spot ~30’ from the hatchery on Miller Creek for “photo ops”.

For any questions, contact John Muramatsu at [email protected].

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