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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works towards the restoration of depleted anadromous fish stocks. In cooperation the Quinault Indian Nation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and Hoh Nation, the following objectives have been established:


  • -- Restore salmon stocks on the north Pacific Coast to levels that will meet escapement objectives after harvest;
  • -- Maintain Steelhead stocks in all North Coast watersheds to levels that will support sport and commercial harvests commensurate with historical harvest levels;
  • -- Maintain all salmon in the North Coast that are managed for natural production at current levels while meeting escapement goals.

Quinault NFH coho, chum, and some steelhead are all released into Cook Creek. We also transfer steelhead fry to the Quinault Indian Nation for eventual release at their Lake Quinault and Salmon River hatcheries.

At peak production, the hatchery has over 3 million fish on station!

  • Coho Salmon

    coho salmon

    (Oncorhynchus kisutch) An average of 10,000 Coho salmon adults are caught in the tribal fishery and 10,000 return to the hatchery each year. In 2010, Coho returns reached an all time high of over 40,000 adults returning to the Quinault River. Returning adults are 2 (jacks) and 3 year old fish. The first year of their life is spent in fresh water in hatchery ponds. Fry emerge from incubators in February and are cared for until the following year. Yearling Coho are released from the hatchery in April. Adults begin their migration back to the hatchery as early as September of each year. Annually, the hatchery releases 660,000 Coho salmon.

  • Hoh River Steelhead Trout

    steelhead trout

    (O. mykiss) Unique to the hatchery's fish production program is the Hoh River Steelhead program. At the request of the Hoh Indian Nation over twenty years ago, the Quinault NFH began rearing winter Steelhead to be released into the Hoh River. These fish support tribal commercial and non-Indian sport fisheries in the Hoh River. The Service supports the Hoh Tribe's steelhead program by providing supplies and technical expertise.

  • Winter-run Steelhead Trout

    steelhead trout

    (O. mykiss) Tthe Quinault NFH also raises and releases 190,000 winter-run Steelhead trout for the Quinault Indian Nation. These fish provide important commercial and subsistence fisheries to tribal members and offer quality tribal-guided sport fishing opportunities available to the general public. Yearlings (smolts) are released directly from the rearing ponds into Cook Creek. Adult Steelhead trout begin returning to the hatchery in November and continue to return until January. The hatchery takes about 500,000 green eggs and then culls 300,000 eyed eggs so that the program of 190,000 yearlings are represented by more adults.

  • Chum Salmon

    chum salmon

    (O. keta) One of the more unique species of salmon grown at the QNFH is the Chum Salmon. The majority of these fish rush to the hatchery the first two week in November. Female and male adults ready to spawn once they reach the hatchery. About 650 females are needed to collect enough eggs for a fry release of 1.5 million! Once the fry are liberated from the incubation trays, they are fed for about 40 days and then released into Cook Creek. Returning adult Chum salmon range in ages from 3 to 5 years.

Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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