Friday, July 10, 2009

Sockeye ReIntroduced to Yakima System

After over 100 years of absence, the Yakama nation in cooperation with a host of agencies is reintroducing Sockeye Salmon to the Upper Yakima system. The large headwater lakes of the Yakima System once supported up to a quarter of a million spawning Sockeye annually, and for the Yakama peoples the Sockeye were an integral source of food and an important part of their culture. When the headwater lakes of the Yakima were damed without consideration for fish passage facilities the Sockeye were erradicated. With construction plans underway for fish passage at Cle Elum, Kachees, Kacheelus, and Bumping Lakes the tribe got the go ahead to take 500 pairs of migrating adult sockeye from Priest Rapids dam in an attempt to reestablish a spawning population in the Cle Elum system. The results will be closely monitored and the reintroduction will be ongoing provided the Columbia system has reaches its escapement goal for Sockeye. See more information at the Yakima Herald.

No comments: