Forks Creek Hatchery

December 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the Forks Creek Hatchery for HDR Engineering, Inc.  As part of the design process, it's always important to follow up with clients as they utilize their new facilities. It's important to ensure that facility processes work together properly with the new design for optimal results.  

I joined John Nelson, of HDR Engineering, Inc., as he visited the facility to meet with hatchery staff.  The staff at Forks Creek were very friendly and eager to share their extensive knowledge of the processes they go through. I learned quite a bit that day and really enjoyed capturing the life cycle of the hatchery fish.

See the images below to see the process Forks Creek Hatchery fish experience.

 

Below: John Nelson of HDR Engineering, Inc. stands next to the Forks Creek Hatchery sign.

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Below: Fish Ladder leading to the holding ponds.

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Below: The recently constructed holding ponds.

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Below: Hatchery workers in front of the movable gates which corral the fish prior to egg and milt collection.

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Below: Hatchery managers and HDR facility designer, John Nelson, discuss the day's operations.

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 Below: Their life ended, now their eggs are about to be taken. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

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Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Below: Releasing the eggs prior to fertilization.

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Below: Fertilization of the recently harvested eggs.

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Below: A closeup of the next generation of Coho Salmon.

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Below: The end of a 3 year journey, the fish are deposited into fish totes after having had their eggs and milt collected for the next generation of salmon. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: Gathering statistical information on the brood stock. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: Facility employee discussing the day's processing of fish with a visitor to the facility.

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Below: A wild male Coho being released into Forks Creek. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: Hardening of the eggs in the hatchery house. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: Eggs being incubated in the hatchery house. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: Fresh water oxygenation of the eggs in the hatchery house. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

Below: An eyed egg. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Below: Juvenile salmon sediment retention facility. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Below: Interior of the sediment retention facility. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Below: Juvenile rearing facility. Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery Forks Creek HatcheryForks Creek Hatchery

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Below: Fall in the Pacific Northwest.

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