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TUESDAY TALK, March 3, 7 p.m., GHCC
HANSVILLE ANGLERS HATCH PLAN TO SAVE SALMON
The waters around Hansville were once teaming with salmon, enough to support 5 fishing resorts. But last year, to preserve what salmon are still left, the salmon fishing season was only a few days long.
To help salmon recover, the 175-member Puget Sound Anglers, North Kitsap Chapter, who meet each month at the Driftwood Key Clubhouse, are hatching salmon eggs in local streams then sending them out to sea. It’s a great idea—let’s hope it works. Even if it doesn’t, we should all applaud their effort.
Our Anglers call it “The Legacy Project,” hoping future generations will keep it going. They began in 2017, making plans, partnering with the S’Klallam and Suquamish tribes, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which supplies eggs and expertise. They searched Hansville for interested property owners with streams leading to salt water and able to host egg boxes, which carry eggs until they hatch.
Chum salmon were chosen because they’re the most resilient species. Soon after hatching they head out to sea, returning to their natal waters about 3 years later to spawn and die.
Preparing a stream is not easy. PSA members must get permission from property owners, permits, and restore the stream to reestablish regular flow to sea water. The first site, Hawk’s Hole Creek, near the Shore Woods Clubhouse, has been filled with about 8,000 eggs and has had a 95 percent hatch rate. The odds are slim that all will swim home, but each year more will survive and return, until the population starts to recover.
There is now a second stream, Legacy Creek at Rose Point, south of Eglon Park, where chum and coho eggs will be placed once it is restored.
PSA president Don White, and Nam Siu, WDFW habitat biologist for all of North Kitsap, will talk about the Project at our next Tuesday Talk.