News and Reports
Switch to Summer Chinook Salmon beginning in 2009
Staff spawning summer Chinook - USFWS
As a result of the Columbia River Basin Hatchery Review Team’s efforts along with co-manager’s input, the decision was made to switch production from spring Chinook salmon to summer Chinook salmon at Entiat NFH (please refer to the full report at http://www.fws.gov/pacific/fisheries/hatcheryreview/reports.html for complete details).
Beginning in the fall of 2009, the Entiat National Fish Hatchery began raising summer Chinook salmon. The program is being initiated with eggs from Wells Fish Hatchery. The goal of the program is to annually release 400,000 smolts from the reproduction of approximately 150 pairs of adult summer Chinook salmon. The migration corridor for released smolts and returning adult fish includes approximately 491 river miles and the Pacific Ocean. The program is intended to function as a segregated program for harvest benefits. Fish from this program are not intended to spawn naturally and are not intended to establish, supplement, or support any summer Chinook salmon populations occurring in the natural environment. The first summer Chinook salmon returned as 3-year olds in 2012 (see Returns). In 2014 3-, 4-, and 5- years olds will return to the hatchery, and soo returns will allow for sport fisheries in the Columbia and Entiat Rivers!
Wenatchee World Article: Entiat fish hatchery switching its stock
Wenatchee World writes an article, published Wednesday, October 27, 2010, concerning the the switch from spring Chinook to summer Chinook salmon. Click the link below to read the article and see pictures of hatchery staff harvesting eggs during the spawning process:
Entiat National Fish Hatchery Updates