Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulates Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

April 24, 2012

By Staff

Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulated city and environmental leaders as the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery celebrated 75 years.

Gov. Chris Gregoire

“Fish hatcheries across the state play a critical role in preserving our native salmon stocks and protecting both environmental health and recreation,” she said in response to questions from The Issaquah Press. “For the past 75 years, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery — the only state hatchery in a major metropolitan area — has been providing fish for commercial and recreational fisheries. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery also plays an active role in the recovery of wild salmon stocks. In recent years, the hatchery has become the site of a significant effort to restore Lake Sammamish kokanee, which have seen a dramatic decline in recent years.

“The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery’s role as an educational center may be its most lasting contribution to the region and the state as a whole. Each year, approximately 350,000 visitors — many of them students — tour the facility and learn about this important resource and salmon’s role in our state’s history. That hands-on learning has informed and inspired generations of Washingtonians, and people from around the world, about the benefits of maintaining healthy salmon populations.

“I congratulate the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on this milestone and thank the community for supporting it over the years.”

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