Videos tell story of salmon recovery in state

October 1, 2013

All around Washington state, salmon are returning from years in the Pacific Ocean to their home rivers, much to the delight of school children, anglers, scientists, and businesses.

A major annual salmon migration from sea to river happens around the state every fall. Community festivals, salmon bakes and 10K runs are scheduled to recognize the annual event.

The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office is unveiling a 10-minute video that documents the state’s effort to bring them back from the brink of extinction. See it here.

The office also is releasing six, two-minute videos that focus on those affected by the decline of salmon populations and those working to restore salmon and salmon habitat. See them here.

“These videos help us tell the story of why salmon are important, why they are in decline and what we are doing to stop that decline,” Kaleen Cottingham, the director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which oversees the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, said in a press release. “Salmon are so important to Washington, and hopefully these videos will give people a better understanding of why.”

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Editorial

October 1, 2013

Rain, rain, go away, Salmon Days here to stay

 

Rain, rain, so much rain. There may be more than one benefit to all the rain of the past few days, but in Issaquah there is one species that is welcoming the rushing creek waters.

Welcome home, salmon. This gush is just for you.

But now that the creek flow is strong and swift, calling the salmon home, the rain can quit. We’ve got a party coming on and 150,000 guests are due to arrive this weekend.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25

September 24, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

The purpose of Public Officials Day is to acquaint those who make decisions within the Lake Sammamish watershed with the value of this historic and active facility in their own backyard.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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‘Salmon Seeson’ has arrived, so go view local fish

September 15, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2013

Fall has arrived, and with it comes the return of salmon to Puget Sound streams and rivers. Sightseers can get a good look at the fish at several local waterways.

Spectators can watch the salmon return to Issaquah Creek from the bridge or through viewing windows at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through November.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the hatchery daily, but the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery offers guided tours on weekends through Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Come to state park today to welcome salmon back

September 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek from noon to 5 p.m. today at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

Volunteer guides will explain the characteristics of the ideal creek habitat for salmon, identify the salmon species swimming in Issaquah Creek and describe the salmon lifecycle. The newly constructed boardwalk will be open for the public to explore the delta and lake shore at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Vehicle access to Lake Sammamish State Park requires a Discover Pass or a $10 daytime parking pass.

Learn more about the hatchery here. Like the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

Groups team to welcome salmon back

September 10, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

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Hatchery gift shop opens today

August 31, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2013

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery FISHop opens today for its third season.
New items include salmon mobiles, wall hangings, salmon species book marks and a new hatchery patch. The embroidered patch also appears on hats and fleece vests.
Proceeds from the FISHop, which is staffed by volunteers, are used to support Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery’s  educational programs for students and adults.
The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Thanksgiving. Aside from the new items, the shop has books, T-shirts, cards, pins and holiday ornaments.

A dam shame

August 29, 2013

Salmon Cartoon copy

Volunteer to be a Salmon Watcher

August 20, 2013

This fall, you can volunteer to be a salmon watcher for King County.

Salmon Watchers are part of a 16-year-old multijurisdictional effort whose focus is protecting a Pacific Northwest treasure and educating the community about Issaquah’s iconic fish. The main area of focus is within the Lake Washington Watershed.

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