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For more information on the School Cooperative Program:

Phone: 360-902-2252
E-mail: school.coops@dfw.wa.gov

 


 
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School Cooperative Program

WDFW’s School Cooperative Program (formerly Salmon in the Classroom) provides salmonid eggs to schools to be reared in a classroom aquarium in conjunction with science curriculum focused on the salmonid life-cycle.  When fish reach the fry stage, schools release their fish in a local watershed.

Schools must provide all aquarium equipment and educational materials needed.  For approved projects, WDFW provides eggs and a permit authorizing the school to possess, transfer and release their eggs and fish.

How to Apply

Download the School Coop application, complete it and return it to WDFW.  We are currently accepting applications, until April 30, 2014, for schools who wish to participate in the 2014-2015 school year.  The April 30, deadline allows time for fishery co-manager review and approval of the projects before permits are issued at the beginning of the school year.  We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.

Resources

The following Renton School District website provides information about obtaining equipment, setting up and maintaining your aquarium, the care and feeding of your fish, troubleshooting and more: http://www.renton.wednet.edu/salmon/

Contact

Contact the School Cooperative Program at 360-902-2252 or school.coops@dfw.wa.gov with questions.

Information for approved School Cooperative projects

Your Permits

  • Your permit automatically renews each year, as long as plant records are submitted.

  • Your permit is sent to the hatchery that you receive your eggs from. Hatchery staff will give you your permit when you receive your eggs.

Reminders

  • Release your fish only in the approved water body indicated on your permit.  Releasing into another water body violates the condition of your permit and may result in termination of your egg allocation.

  • After fish release you must submit a fish release record in order to be eligible to receive eggs in the future.

Schedule for Egg Availability

The following table provides an estimate of when your eggs may be available.  You are encouraged to contact your hatchery at the beginning of the time period to confirm availability and arrange pickup of your eggs.

Hatchery

Species

Hatchery Phone#

 Egg Pickup

Bingham Creek

Coho

(360) 426-2369

Early January

Columbia Basin

Rainbow Trout

(509) 765-7714

Mid January

Cowlitz Salmon

Coho

(360) 985-7424

January

Eastbank

Chinook

(509) 661-8300

January - February

Eells Springs

Rainbow Trout

(360) 427-2188

April

Fallert Creek

Coho

(360) 673-4400

Mid-November

George Adams

Chum

(360) 427-2161

Mid December - Mid January

Hurd Creek

Coho

(360) 683-1738

Late January - Early February

Issaquah

Coho

(425) 391-9094

Early January

Lake Aberdeen

Coho

(360) 533-1663

December

Lewis River

Coho

(360) 225-7413

Early January

Marblemount

Coho

(360) 873-4241

Mid-January

Mayr Brothers

Coho

(360) 533-5255

December

Minter Creek

Chum

(253) 857-5077

Early January

Priest Rapids

Chinook

(509)754-5075

December - January

Skookumchuck

Coho

(360) 264-2112

Late December or late March

Sol Duc

Coho

(360) 327-3246

December

Soos Creek

Coho

(253) 931-3950

Early January

Spokane

Rainbow Trout

(509) 625-5169

Early December - mid February

Spokane

Kokanee

(509) 625-5169

January

Tucannon

Rainbow Trout

(509) 629-0420

Early January

Voights Creek

Coho

(360) 893-6440

Early December  

Wallace River

Coho

(360) 793-1382

Early January - February

Washougal

Coho

(360) 837-3311

Mid-January

Wells

Chinook

(509) 923-2728

Middle to Late November