Thousands of young salmon start new lives in Edmonds Shell Creek


Through the continued efforts of Sound Salmon Solutions, the Edmonds Creek team, Willow Creek Hatchery staff and various community volunteers, over 5,000 baby salmon have been released into Edmonds Shell Creek. Saturday morning as part of efforts to improve salmon runs in local streams. .

“These baby coho hatched right here in Edmonds at the Willow Creek Hatchery,” explained Joe Scordino, retired fisheries biologist and longtime adviser to the group. “They were all hatched from eggs that we received from Issaquah Hatchery last December. Back then, some were planted in hatching boxes and dropped directly into the streams, and the rest – the fish we release today – were reared in the holding pond at Willow Creek Hatchery. (See My Edmonds News story here)

The Edmonds Stream team began over seven years ago as the Edmonds-Woodway High School Students Saving Salmon Club. It has now grown to include students and academic advisors from Meadowdale High School.

“We now have almost 100 students on the Stream team,” Scordino said. “It has been fantastic to add Meadowdale to the effort – with more students we can do so much more to help restore, improve and support salmon migrations in our local waterways.

The salmon released today will eat and grow in the freshwater environment where they will imprint the unique chemical signature of the stream water. They will eventually migrate downstream to Puget Sound, where they will mature in the marine environment. After spending up to three years in salt water, those who have survived predation, fishing and many other dangers will return to Shell Creek to spawn, literally sniffing and following the chemical signature to where they were released.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel


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