chum run 2003.
Stillaguamish Tribe has voluntary chosen to not fish for Chinook
salmon since 1980.
1978 Stillaguamish Tribal Hatchery opened operations as a restoration
facility for the Chinook and Coho salmon to rebuild diminished
runs. At present, the Chinook salmon is listed on the endangered
species list in the Stillaguamish watershed due to degradation
of habitat and over-fishing. We work hard in our efforts to
change the course of the decreasing population, so that a strong
and thriving population can exist again in the Stillaguamish
tribe is responsible for releasing 200,000 wild origin Chinook
back into the river system every year. In 1990, the North Fork
hatchery expanded the hatchery program by serving as an off-site
rearing satellite hatchery for about 50,000 Coho salmon until
they smolt and are ready to be released. Annually, the hatchery
and fisheries employees educate 500-1500 students in local school
tours regarding hatcheries and salmon. We use Chum salmon to
exhibit educational categories consisting of: anatomy, habitat,
spawning, incubation, water quality, and feeding.
National Marine Fisheries Service has recently recognized the
Tribe's Chinook Natural Stock Recovery Program as essential
for the recovery of Endangered Species Act listed Puget Sound
Chinook. The tribal Chinook program is one of only six out of
100 hatchery programs that NMFS has acknowledged as critical
staff are Kip Killebrew , Kevin Gladsjo,
and Kelly Baker.