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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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A SPAWNING RUN of salmon is caught in a holding pond at Hoodsport State Salmon Hatchery where workers net them, then take eggs and sperm for artificial breeding. o o o o o A SIGNIFICANT breakthrough in fish handling techniques was made at the George Adams State Salmon Hatchery in Mason County early this year. A unique pump developed in California for conveying tomatoes and delicate fruits was adapted for moving fish. In the upper picture salmon fingerlings are transported by pump from one rearing pond to another. Below a tank truck receives a load of fish for transfer to planting sites. A "bucket brigade" was used pre~iously. Page 5-66 - Shelton'Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 Salmon and trout inKer~ by the millions are pro- duced annually in Mason~ County to maintain a constant population of these superlative finny tribes which are so important to the commercial and sport fishermen of Wash- inEton. Three salmon hatcheries whose output rehabilitates the runs of chinook and silvers in streams flowing into Hood Canal and Grays Harbor are operated by the State Fisheries Department. These are: George N. Adams Hatchery, eight miles north of Shel- ton on Purdy Creek at the junction of Highway 101 and the Purdy Road to Union; Hood Canal Hatchery, in Hoodsport where Highway 101 crosses Finch Creek; Simpson Hatchery at the confluence of the middle East Fork of Satsop River and Bingham Creek on the Sat- sop Road southwest of Matlock. Shelton Trout Hatchery is operated by the State Game Department on the Skokomish River Road four miles west of Highway 101, about 12 miles from Shelton. Fry and fingerlings produced there are used to re-stock lakes in Mason and five other counties. These facilities are open to visitors every day. Infor- mation about the fascinating process by which a trout or salmon proceeds from the egg to the ready-to-catch stage of its life span may be obtained from personnel on duty daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Adams Hatchery was built as a cooperative pro- ject of the Fisheries Department and Tacoma City Light. Primary function of this hatchery is to restore severe losses in salmon production of the Skokomish River system which resulted from construction of Tacoma's tWo Cushman pow- er dams. Tacoma City Light contributed the site, $200,000, and up to $15,000 a year in operating costs. The state put up $50,000 toward construction of the facility, which was opened in 1961. Returns of its own broods by escapements through the Indian fishery on the lower Skokomish River now make the hatchery self-sustaining in its function of bringing back the species affected by the power dams. These in- clude spring chinook, fall chinook, silver salmon, and steel- head trout. The Adams Hatchery can produce 3,000,000 fry a year. Its reared fish capacity is 1,200,000 salmon to three months, and 300,0(X) to yearling size. Hood Canal Hatchery is unique in that it is the only one in the state with facilities for either salt or fresh water rearing or combinations the year round. The idea of salt water rearing originated in experi- ments on developing an "even year" run of pink salmon. This species normally appears only in "odd" years. Investi. gation of feeding techniques, timing of release, and genet- ics may yet produce an even year run of pinks, according to fisheries department reports. Hood Canal station also produces fresh water reared salmon to maintain runs in the Hamma Hamma, Dosewal- ips, Duckabush, and other Hood Canal tributary streams. Rearing capacity is 3,000,000 fingerlings and 1,000,000 yearling salmon. Since hatching capacity is only 3,000,000, additional fry must be obtained from other hatcheries. Simpson Hatchery has rearing ponds which handle 1,050,000 yearlings and 3,200,000 fingerlings to replenish salmon in streams tributary to Grays Harbor. Mason County fish farms at Cranberry Lake, Mel- bourne Lake, and West Lake are among 16 in the state where efforts are being made to develop techniques for high production of good quality young salmon at reason. able cost. At the Shelton Trout Hatchery rainbow, cutthroat, and eastern brook trout are reared. Each spring just be- fore opening day of trout season this hatchery releases 300,000 legal size trout. Then in May, June, and early July 2,000,000 fry, mostly rainbows, are released. Like the coffee in Brazil, this all adds up to an awful lot. of trout and salmon fry to keep the streams and inland waters one of Mason County's prime attractions for devotees of Isaak Walton, Electric heat, a baby in the home heating industry in 1960, is growing constantly. By 1964 the infant electric heat had doubled in size from 1960; by 1968 it had doubled in size again. There are good reasons for this growth of electric heat: Cleanliness Convenience All-around comfort Safety Join those who are using this completely modern method of heating--enjoy electric heat in your home too. 0 Edwin Taylor, President Harold W. Parker, Vice President Jack Cole, Secretary Jerry Samples, Manager gu!Aagsa~d ),noqe pa!,Jo,~-sdno~ Pue lenpx, t~. p ul a~otu "Insurance Is Our Only Business" Let Us Save You Money On Your Insurance Coverage AUTO BOAT HOME OWNERS LIFE BUSINESS MOBILE HOME ARNOLD & SMITH 117 East Cota Ph. 426-3317 A Growing Office Serving A Growing Insured Savings Accounts All Kinds Of Home Loans Drive In Window Safe Deposit Boxes Community Service Center Free Parking """ CAPITAL $AVI 1st and Railroad Sholton 426-8211 Home Office - Olympia Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-27