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COLEMAN NFH: Hatchery Celebrates the 19th Return of the Salmon Festival

Region 8, October 17, 2009
Photo 1. Seymour the Salmon greets a young girl at the Return of the Salmon Festival. USFWS Photo.
Photo 1. Seymour the Salmon greets a young girl at the Return of the Salmon Festival. USFWS Photo. - Photo Credit: n/a
Photo 2. Crowds gather around the holding pond to observe Fall Chinook salmon that have returned to Coleman NFH. USFWS Photo.
Photo 2. Crowds gather around the holding pond to observe Fall Chinook salmon that have returned to Coleman NFH. USFWS Photo. - Photo Credit: n/a

by Brett Galyean, Coleman NFH
Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif., hosted more than 5,600 visitors during the 19th Annual Return of the Salmon Festival, October 17th, 2009.  This free family event celebrates the return of the fall Chinook salmon to the hatchery and promotes the efforts that federal and state natural resource agencies are doing to address fish, wildlife and habitat issues on local and national levels.

This year’s activities included viewing of adult Chinook salmon, salmon spawning operations, the “Salmon Aquarium,” Native American activities, activities for children, recreational displays and a croquet game that mimics the Salmon lifecycle. In addition, approximately 50 exhibitors representing state and federal agencies and local community organizations participated.

Besides seeing the adult fall Chinook salmon and various children activities, another favorite of the children is Seymour the Salmon. Throughout the day children would approach the 6-foot plus tall salmon and would want to meet Seymour or get their picture taken with the larger than life salmon.

The Coleman NFH is located on Battle Creek approximately five miles upstream from the confluence of Battle Creek and the Sacramento River The hatchery was constructed in 1942 as part of the mitigation measures to help preserve significant runs of Chinook salmon threatened by the loss of natural spawning areas resulting from the construction of Shasta and Keswick dams on the upper Sacramento River. The Return of Salmon Festival is held on the third Saturday in October, the next festival will be held on October 16, 2010, and will mark the twentieth year. For more information about Coleman National Fish Hatchery call (530) 365-8622 or visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/coleman/

 

Contact Info: Brett Galyean, 530-365-8622, brett_galyean@fws.gov