The City of Lynnwood Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center invited families to help replenish the salmon population by releasing coho salmon into Hall’s Lake on April 5.
After a presentation by Lynnwood stormwater technician Cameron Coronado on the life cycle and different types of salmon, participating children transported baby salmon (fry) from the tank they have been housed in since they hatched, to Hall’s Lake. The salmon will remain in the fresh-water lake for two years while they mature. Then the salmon migrate to an estuary where they acclimate to saltwater before they make their way to Puget Sound.
“This it the beginning of their journey before the ocean,” Coronado said.
The hatchery receives 30,000 fertilized coho salmon annually from the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery has been owned by the city for three years and partners with Lynnwood resident Bruce Lawson, who receives the fertilized eggs from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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— Story and photos by Cody Sexton