The carefully coordinated release of some ready-to-spawn adult coho may mean that three years from now, Salmon Creek will once again contain its namesake.
Fish and Game biologist Bob Cooey carries a net containing two adult Coho salmon down to the water of Salmon Creek. Cooey says the release site, a quiet bend in the lower part of Salmon Creek, a mile or so upstream from the stream's mouth into the ocean, is ideal habitat for the fish.
The hatchery raised salmon take a moment to orient in their new habitat as they are released from the net (above), then vigorously swim away (below). Thanks to Jim Jim Coleman, a Research Coordinator at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's WATER Institute (email@example.com) for taking and sharing these photos.