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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


Quilcene NFH was Authorized under 35 Stat. 589, dated June 29, 1909 and also Secretarial Order #3206, American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities.


The Quilcene NFH coho production program is operated as an element of the Hood Canal Salmon Management Plan, which is a part of the Puget Sound Salmon Management Plan– both resulting from the settlement of US v. Washington.


  • Coho Salmon

    coho salmon

    (Oncorhynchus kisutch) We release on station about 400,000 coho smolts (1.5 yr old ocean ready juveniles) into the Big Quilcene River every April, 200,000 pre-smolts to the Skokomish tribal net pen in Quilcene Bay, and provide 450,000 eyed eggs for the Port Gamble S'Klallam net pen program. Returning adult fish are 3 years old and some males return after 2 years (called "jacks"). The returning adult coho salmon spend 1.5 years in the ocean and migrate back to the hatchery (natal stream) starting in August. The adult fish are held in the raceways until the eggs in the females are mature enough for spawning (beginning of October).

  • Other stocks

    steelhead trout

    The Quilcene National Fish Hatchery is over 100 years old and has raised all five species of salmon plus other fish species. The hatchery's current production is coho salmon and looking for opportunity to work with threatened or listed species. A successful summer chum recovery program, for example, took place at the hatchery (with partner support) between 1992 until completed in 2004. Since 2004, these summer chum have been naturally reproducing as a wild stock and are currently being monitored. In the event this run declines in the future, Quilcene NFH and its partners could once again intervene.

Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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