On February 1st, more than 30 volunteers gathered to learn about the project, install a raceway for raising young fry salmon, and learn how to care for and maintain the equipment and fish. The Suquamish Tribe will be bringing approximately 10,000 fry over the next month or two to raise in the raceway for one to two months before they are released into the stream. By feeding and caring for the young fish during this vulnerable stage in their development, we can increase their odds of survival by up to an order of magnitude, from about 1/10th of 1% under conditions in the wild, to closer to a 1% rate of return. Therefore, in 3 to 4 years, when these young fry return as adults, we are targeting in the neighborhood of 100 adult spawning fish to return to the stream. Our plan is to continue the supplementation for an additional 3 years so we can ensure a healthy, diverse, multi-generation population of salmon.
The Bainbridge Review did a great cover story of this project; you can read more here: http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/kitsap/bir/news/39168164.html