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Fishing Around the Clock

Fishing continues, and we have already doubled our total catch from last year with only half of the 2016 run size. We wake up hours

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Writing this journal entry with swollen and aching hands, I want to express great thanks to the individuals that are making this incredible journey possible.

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Confronting New Challenges

Constructing and testing Washington’s first salmon trap in over 80 years, there is a lot to learn and many new challenges to confront on a

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Fishing Through the Haze

With a deep red, smoke-obscured sun as our backdrop, the crew wraps up week two of test fishing. In less than 14 days, we are

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From Cathlamet to McNary

The Chinook are in, and the fishing is better than ever. After 13 days of test fishing, we saw our first tagged Chinook cross McNary

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A Prestigious Award

It is truly amazing what we have accomplished to date; our crew has successfully built Washington State’s first commercial salmon trap in over 80 years.

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Life on the Trap

It is no easy task tagging and clipping hundreds of fish 14 hours a day, day on end. But on tides when the fish are

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The Science

With each haul of salmon and steelhead, Wild Fish Conservancy’s experienced field staff gathers genetic samples and implants Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags. These important elements

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First Day of Test Fishing

Waking up before the sunrise, the crew paddled out to the trap for the first day of test fishing! With the spiller deployed and the

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The Fish Trap Powerhouse

Today the crew lifted a winch — the trap’s final component —  to the top of the pilings, marking the trap’s completion. This 400-pound piece

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Hang ‘Em High

Climbing to the very top of the pilings, the crew hung the final compartment of the trap, known as the “spiller.” This key piece of

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Wisdom

With construction nearly complete, we made a necessary trek into town to resupply on hardware, food, and fuel. By chance, we crossed paths with Blair

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A Brisk Awakening

The crew rolled out of bed this morning straight into their wet suits, waking up early to catch an exceptionally low tide. Construction has progressed

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An Osprey Watches Back

With all the hardware in place, the crew watches the sun as it set over the trap. It’s a lot of work assembling our pulleys,

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Balancing Act

The crew climbed to the top of the pilings today to install a new platform for our winch. You can feel the sway of each

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The Web Gang “Hangs” a Trap

Got to work hanging nets today. Just remembering how difficult this whole process is, especially in strong winds. The web gang bravely tip-toed along the

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First Day on the Columbia

Today was our first day on the water. Conditions were a bit rough, with high temperatures, thick smoke from the British Columbia forest fires, and

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Packing Up, Moving Out

Packed up the equipment in Duvall and made the long trek down the highway to Cathlamet, Washington where we will meet with fisherman Blair Peterson.

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