Summer Chum moving up Chimacum Creek
If you haven’t stopped by Chimacum Creek during the Chum run, it is worth a look.
NOSC’s hardy team of volunteer surveyors have been counting the Endangered-Species-Act-listed creek up the creek. The Chimacum Creek run had been extirpated by the 1980s and was restored through a broodstock program that drew on fish from neighboring Salmon Creek.
Under supervision of NOSC and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, volunteers count the fish and collect scale and DNA samples. Wildlife biologists use this data to assess the health of the stock as a whole, and to determine to what extent the fish have adapted to the new creek and diverged genetically from their Salmon Creek cousins.
Thanks to our volunteers for all the hard work you put in!