Students Participate in Annual Salmon Release Event May 15, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Annual Blossom Gulch Fish Release event. The City of Coos Bay partners with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, CH2M (the City’s Wastewater Operations and Management Contractor) and Blossom Gulch Elementary School to release over 200,000 juvenile Chinook Salmon. CH2M staff members will feed the fish daily until they are ready to be released from the stream then make their way to the Bay and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean.

The children attending Blossom Gulch Elementary School will gather around the creek and witness the fish being released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. The excitement and joy on their faces is really the highlight of this event. ODFW works with the young students to learn more about salmon and allows them a chance to handle a few of the fish. Learning about the salmon life cycle is a local tradition throughout Coos Bay and North Bend schools. Over the years, thousands of classroom students have participated in the hatchery program with ODFW to learn more about the salmon life cycle and help with fin clipping.

To date, several million salmon have been released through this program and countless have returned to the Bay and local Estuaries to spawn. Each year the return runs of salmon help boost local recreational fishing opportunities and salmon populations.

If you would like to help be a part of this program, please contact the local STEP program office for more information at 541-888-3307.