Category: Fish Trap Journal

EACH DAY AT THE TRAP

Fishing The Spring Runs

We are happy to announce that Wild Fish Conservancy staff are once again hip deep in the Columbia River for our fourth year of commercial fish trap research.

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The Fish Trap, A Video

Wild Fish Conservancy’s Pound Net Project is ongoing, and we’re currently preparing for future projects. In the meantime, we invite you to watch this short

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Farewell, For Now

Test fishing is finished on the Columbia, and we are very pleased to announce that the trap successfully captured 7,138 salmonids with a 99.87% immediate

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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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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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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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