Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hatcheries

The Quinault Division of Natural Resources Fisheries Department develops science-based policies, plans, and procedures to protect and expand

the Quinault Indian Nation’s fisheries. This work includes operating two hatcheries - the Lake Quinault Hatchery (Pen Rearing) provides fish for the Quinault River and the Salmon River Fish Culture Facility provides fish for the Queets River system.

QIN hatcheries incubate and rear salmon to supplement fish populations in the rivers while ongoing studies investigate potential causes for the decline in abundance of these fish.

The hatcheries program pursues grants and outside funding to support its work. Recent projects have included installing a new fish ladder on the Salmon River. Both Chinook and coho salmon were observed ascending the ladder immediately after it was opened. Fisheries staff observed a sharp increase in Chinook spawning upstream of the hatchery in the following months.

Funds have also been received to improve tribal hatcheries including constructing a salmon return channel at the Salmon River hatchery and installing a new water system at the Pen Rearing hatchery to ensure clean water for rearing salmon. Additional grants funded a formalin delivery egg treatment system, a new forklift, net pen floats, an 18-foot boat, and a 25 hp outboard motor and trailer.

 

For more information please contact the following QDNR Fish Hatcheries team members at 360.276.8215:

Hatchery Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x472

Salmon River Hatchery Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x330

Lake Quinault Hatchery Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x330

 

Helpful Fish Hatchery Information Links:

Quinault Nation Fish Hatchery (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Technology for Fisheries Conservation

Quinault Fish Release (YouTube Video)

Feeding the Fry at Lake Quinault Fish Hatchery (YouTube Video)

Hatchery Project Partners

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Clarence Pickernell

“This is my land
From the time of the first Moon till the time of the last Sun
It was given to my People
Wha-neh Wha-neh, the great giver of life, made me out of the Earth of this land
He said, ‘You are the land, and the land is you’
I take well care of this land, for I am part of it....”

-Clarence Pickernell, Taholah, WA