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2022 Fish Club Salmon Release

2022 Fish Club Salmon Release

Student volunteers from Discovery Alternative High School’s Fish Club have been participating in this salmon enhancement project for several years. Collaborating with the Port Orchard Rotary Club, the Washington State Department of Fish and Game, West Sound P.U.D. and the NAVSUP Navy Fuel Depot in Manchester, our mission has been to enhance local Coho and chum populations by releasing salmon fry into a local stream.

The project begins with eyed eggs from the Minter State Hatchery, in December and January. The eggs are then incubated at a remote hatchery site, near Karcher Creek. In early spring, when the alevins have absorbed their yolk sacs, they are transported and released into Beaver Creek, near Manchester. From this time forward, they live as wild, migratory salmon, some of whom will return to Beaver Creek to spawn. Our goal is to establish self-sustaining runs of salmon in Beaver Creek, while creating an opportunity for students to participate in service-learning, for the benefit of both the community and future generations.

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