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  • A Place for Pollinators

    pollinator garden

    The hatchery has taken on improving habitat for pollinators! New areas have been created and old gardens replanted with native plants that attract and enhance natural pollinators. Take a look!

  • What We Do...

    Coho Salmon

    Eagle Creek produces 1.5 million Coho salmon annually. 350,000 are released on site, 550,000 are transferred to the Nez Perce Tribe and 500,000 are transferred to the Yakama Nation to support Coho restoration projects in their watersheds.

  • Salmon Released...

    Eagle Creek

    On March 27, 2019 we released 350,000 Coho smolts into Eagle Creek.  We coordinate with a rain event as this provides smolts with camouflage while they acclimate and begin their seaward migration.  

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Things have settled into the usual summer routine here at the hatchery.  The young coho have been on a ride through the automated marking and tagging trailer.  Most have only received ad-clips, but a select “few” (50,000 out of 350,000 being reared for release into Eagle Creek next spring) have also received coded wire tags.  These tags, which are numbered to indicate agency, hatchery and fish group, help to evaluate return rates and the impacts of mark-selective fisheries (where hatchery fish can be kept but wild fish must be released) on wild fish stocks. 

The hatchery crew has settled into the summer routine of fish care and facility maintenance.  The young coho are fed and raceways cleaned, although on a less frequent basis than in early spring.  We are currently doing fine with the water supply but we anticipate dryer times later in the summer.  It is better for the fish if they are a bit smaller through the tight water times as they will require less water and less oxygen than larger fish would.  The young coho will also be more fit for survival at release if they are on the lean side than they would be if they had been fed everything they wanted.  Wild fish, after all, do not find a full meal every day.  We are setting our fish up to match the average size of wild coho smolts.

Other things that go on in the summer are facility maintenance projects.  We take advantage of the weather and available time to get buildings painted, equipment repaired do landscape maintenance.  The hatchery has been expanding our native pollinator garden areas and it is interesting to see which plants attract which pollinators.

Recent Fish Returns

As of April 09, 2019, 27 adult winter steelhead have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
As of November 20, 2018, 3,719 adult coho salmon have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
Last Updated: September 17, 2019
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