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The SalmonCam Story

Currently, the Fish Barrier Cam is running, but the Holding Pool Cam is in need of some repair that should be completed within the next few weeks. 

As the focus of restoration and protection of salmon has increased throughout the Pacific Northwest, the WildWatchCam project and its partners have looked for ways to provide the public with exciting underwater views of several salmon species that use the freshwater and marine environments of Washington.

We have placed web-enabled cams in two settings to record different aspects of activities related to the life cycle of the salmon. The cameras are located at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery near Seattle operated by the Washington Department of Fish And Wildlife (WDFW) and the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH). Two different views are featured: Cam1 shows a broad view of the fish barrier and Cam2 views adult salmon in a holding pool. Additional links and photos have been provided to assist you in your "learning journey" as you begin to link the life cycle of the salmon to that of the eagle, heron, bear and your own. 

SalmonCam1 is focused on a fish barrier where salmon can be observed attempting to leap the barrier and swim upstream. After repeated jumps, salmon try the alternative underwater flow that leads into the holding ponds.  Here they are held to collect their eggs and sperm (milt), which are carefully mixed in order to produce future salmon, which are then reared at the hatchery for later release.

SalmonCam2 has been installed in a large holding pool containing several hundred adult salmon. The salmon will be held in the pool until adequate numbers are present and then salmon eggs and milt will be collected to produce new salmon for Washington's streams, rivers, estuaries and lakes. The abundant algae growth limits fish viewing on overcast days unless the fish is within 18 inches of the camera. For more information about salmon management and production, check out the related links and information.

Photographic Series: Take a look at 'Spawning and Fertilizing' for photos that explain more about how salmon are reared at hatcheries.

Remember, what you see may depend on the time of day, week or month. Weather-related activities may affect water clarity, velocity and other factors that salmon deal with as a part of their life cycle. Each "WildWatchCam" is an experiment to capture images of native Washington fish and wildlife and contribute to their conservation while providing quality wildlife viewing to the public. Camera equipment and installations are contributed by Timothy K. Brown with system designs and technical assistance by B.E. Meyers Co. Inc.  Additional special SalmonCam partners include Trout Unlimited and the "Salmon in the Classroom" program.

Related Links
American Rivers NMFS Restoration Center
Center for Watershed Protection NWIFC SSHIAP
Chehalis River Council People for Puget Sound
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) TFW Ambient Monitoring Program