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2013 Union River Summer Chum Project

pnwsalmoncenterThe Pacific Northwest Salmon Center in partnership with the WDFW is once again conducting the Summer Chum Conservation Project on the Union River from August 15th to October 15th. Hood Canal Summer Chum is currently listed as threatened and restoration efforts are crucial for their recovery. To aid the summer chum recovery, the Salmon Center and the WDFW will be placing a temporary salmon trap on the Union River.

A small portion of the summer chum run will be used as a donor stock to continue reintroduction of summer chum to the Tahuya River. Salmon Center and WDFW collect adult summer chum salmon from the Union River for this reintroduction project. In 2012 staff and volunteers collected fifty pair of adult summer chum from the Union River trap, incubated their offspring and released 40,000 summer chum fry into the Tahuya River in February and March of 2013.

fishtrapThe salmon trap will be operating this season from August 15, 2013 through October 15, 2013, and is located on the Union River, just past QFC on the North Shore Road, Hwy 300. Dedicated volunteers monitor this trap 24 hours a day. Volunteers work in pairs, and choose from 4 shifts: 8:00AM-12:00PM, 12:00PM-5:00PM, 5:00PM-10:00PM and 10:00PM-8:00AM. During their shift, volunteers monitor the trap site, count and identify all salmon species in the trap, assist with spawning and egg collection for supplementation and provide education to visitors to the site. Day time and overnight volunteers enjoy the comforts of a heated RV on site. We are currently looking for volunteers for all trap shifts.

Volunteers can be students, military personnel, college interns, retirees, home schooled students, boy or girl scouts or someone in need of field experience to open the door to a new job. We also welcome corporations and businesses looking for local volunteer opportunities. Bring your family, bring your friends and get involved in doing something great for your local community and natural resource. No experience necessary, we will train you.

Pacific Northwest Salmon Center
The Pacific Northwest Salmon Center strives to deepen the connection of land, people, and salmon through several integrated, collaborative activities. The Salmon Center creates educational programming, conducts research, and demonstrates sustainable agricultural practices at the edge of salmon habitat.

The Salmon Center offers or conducts: dozens of educational opportunities every year to the general public and K-12 school children; on-site programs and projects like 4-H, a certified organic garden and farm; salmon habitat restoration projects up and down the watersheds of Hood Canal; a vibrant salmon and steelhead restoration program, currently active in the Union, Dewatto, Little Quilcene and Tahuya Rivers; a knotweed control program on several river systems; and hundreds of volunteer opportunities.

To volunteer at the Union River Summer Chum, please contact Michelle Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 360-275-3575 Extension 22.