Students complete annual salmon surveys in Shell and Lunds Gulch Creeks

The adult coho and chum salmon spawning migration into local creeks appears to be over for this year, according to a salmon survey conducted by student members of the Edmonds Stream Team.

Edmonds Stream Team members from Meadowdale High School’s Eco Club completed their last salmon survey last Sunday, said Project Leader Joe Scordino. According to Scordina, it appears the number of returning chum salmon is very low in comparison to past years, possibly due to increasing sedimentation over the spawning gravel areas of the creeks.

The Edmonds Stream Team will be analyzing the data over coming months and prepare reports for the Edmonds City Council and Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park Restoration Project, Scordino said.

  1. For over 20 years Duane Uusitalo & Jack Kendrick (both now deceased) raised and planted chum & coho in Lunds Gulch Creek. Their small hatchery was in LGC watershed and with Doug Dailer, Snohomish County Parks ranger (now retired) annual counts were made of returning adults. Do you have this information and did the numbers of returning coho & chum to LGC gradually decline when they no longer l planted fish in the creek?

    1. The Edmonds Stream Team did work with Duane and Jack starting in 2018 in raising and releasing about 10,000 chum salmon fry in Lunds Gulch Creek each year. In 2021, we had to hold-off releasing the chum fry into Lunds Gulch due to the restoration project studies. But that should not have affected this years’ adult returns since they return as 3 and 4 year old fish. We’ll be looking at available prior year counts in preparing our report.

    2. I was unaware of the 2021 chum planting. Will be interested to see what comes back in 24 & 25. I did not see a single live or dead fish in during my threes trips down the hill this fall. Renovated estuary looks good, however.

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