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Students place salmon eggs in 2 area creeks

 

January 29, 2019

A student places a hatchbox, an in-stream incubator for salmon, into Shell Creek.

Students from Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools are helping restore and enhance local salmon populations.

Students recently placed fertilized coho and chum salmon eggs in in-stream incubators called “hatchboxes.” The hatchboxes, with chum salmon eggs, were placed in lower Lunds Gulch Creek, and those with coho salmon eggs were placed in upper Shell Creek.

The salmon eggs will hatch in the hatchbox, and the baby salmon will grow there until they have consumed their yolk sac and are ready to swim out of the hatchbox and begin life in the stream as salmon fry, said Joe Scordino, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries biologist.

Scordino also is an adviser to Students Saving Salmon and a vocal member of the Edmonds grassroots group Save Our Marsh.

“This is similar to the natural process that occurs with salmon eggs laid in the gravel and growing to the fry stage before emerging from the gravel,” Scordino said.

“Chum salmon fry will only remain in the stream for a few days before swimming out to saltwater, whereas coho salmon will spend the first year of their life in the stream."

The Edmonds-Woodway Students Saving Salmon club placed the coho salmon eggs in upper portion of Shell Creek so that the young salmon can grow in stream habitat that is otherwise inaccessible due to an impassable manmade waterfall near Seventh Avenue North and Glen Street, Scordino said.

 

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