Monday, September 2, 2019

The Salmon are Running

Chinook and Coho salmon are swimming up Puget Sound and into the Deschutes River in Olympia on 1 September 2019.  A small dam separates the salty sound from fresh-water, Capitol Lake. Without even bringing up the specter of pollution, the fish face survival challenges from Harbor Seals and Ospreys. Cormorants and gulls, scavengers or outright predators, line the shores. People take salmon from the Sound, and Native People take a quota from the river. Milt and roe are collected from some and transported to a nearby fish hatchery below Tumwater Falls. Apparently salmon can not make it over the falls, despite a rather elaborate fish ladder, thus our run is not of historic or evolutionary significance.

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