Celebrating Fry-day

April 28, 2015

By Kathy Aslamy Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

By Kathy Aslamy
Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

Help salmon, watershed through GiveBIG 2015

April 28, 2015

As GiveBIG 2015 approaches the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery encourages you to use the event as a way to add extra value to your gift.

Your gift will make an immediate difference for salmon and their watershed by supporting FISH’s collaborative efforts to preserve and protect habitat.

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Sally Jewell announces watershed
partnership

April 29, 2014

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local conservation leaders April 25 to announce that Lake Sammamish has been chosen as one of eight pilot partnerships nationwide under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative.

The partnership will help connect people in the Seattle metro-area to the great outdoors and, in particular, efforts to restore kokanee salmon runs in the Lake Sammamish Watershed.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler (left) shares a laugh with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as she meets and greets dozens of local officials April 25.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler (left) shares a laugh with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as she meets and greets dozens of local officials April 25.

“Children have become increasingly disconnected from nature,” Jewell said in a news release. “The Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership seeks to reverse this trend by providing meaningful opportunities for urban residents in the region, especially young people, to get outdoors and engage in hands-on learning and conservation of kokanee salmon and its habitat.”

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Kokanee release celebrates species recovery

April 30, 2013

Marking the fourth year of a successful effort, The Kokanee Work Group, along with the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, held its annual kokanee fry release last week with the help of area fourth-graders.

On a sunny and mild April 26, a group of students from Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School placed several hundred young kokanee salmon into their home waters of Ebright Creek. The concentrated effort to save the species, which lives most of its life in Lake Sammamish, celebrated the results of a recovery after the fish had hovered on the edge of extinction.

By Peter Clark King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

By Peter Clark
King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and mayor Ava Frisinger release kokanee salmon fry from their plastic cups into Ebright Creek April 26, during the annual celebration of the continuing restoration effort for the endangered species.

Sammamish Mayor Tom Odell praised the citizens who have come together to help the native fish.

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