The TNT this morning had a great article on the Puyallup Tribe’s adult coho planting project. The gist of the program is that they take surplus adult spawners for a hatchery and release them in the upper Puyallup River watershed. The habitat where the coho are released was cut off by a dam up until a few years ago.
From the TNT (registration may be required):
It was a big fish, about 12 pounds. It had obviously tangled with an angler not too long ago; a piece of red yarn was tied to a hook stuck in one of its lower fins. Apparently the fish had won that battle.
Now the salmon, already in its darkened spawning colors, was checking out its new home. The sunlight streamed through the branches of alder trees that line the banks. Plenty of cold water tumbled over the large rocks that filled the streambed. It was an idyllic setting for a salmon with romance on its mind.
That’s the exact idea of this nine-year joint effort to put coho and chinook salmon into the upper reaches of the Puyallup River watershed. It is a project run by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, with some help from the state, to get more salmon to spawn in areas accessible to fish following construction of a fish ladder at the Electron Dam in 2000.