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Four Seasons At Quinault

Juvenile salmon

Hatchery staff are busy the year round caring for young salmonids

  • Spawning (October - January)

    Preparing eggs for fertilization

    Returning coho, chum and winter steelhead adults are
    sorted and spawned. Fertilized eggs are incubated and spawned carcasses are surplused to the Quinault Tribe.

  • Incubation (October - March)

    Chinook salmon sac fry

    Eggs are sorted, enumerated, and incubated for hatching. When the yolk sac is absorbed, the fish are moved into tanks and feeding begins.

  • Release (March - May)

    Smolts

    As the water warms and the photo period increases, the yearling fish begin to transform from fry into smolts. The chum are the first to be released followed by the coho and the steelhead.

  • Maintenance (May - September)

    Feeding fish

    The fry remain and are fed throughout the summer. Infrastructure improvements and facility maintenance prepare the facility for another year of fish production.

Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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