Fish Hatcheries in Washington State

Thursday I went to two salmon hatcheries, one federal and one state.

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These consist of large, rectangular concrete pools which can be filled with constantly changing water and in which fish are raised from a very small size.  Tracking chips are put in them and one non-essential fin is removed so fisherman and wildlife officials can later tell which fish came from hatcheries and which ones were bred and raised in the wild.

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There was a Visitor Center at the federal hatchery and I learned there what the six species of salmon are and how to tell them apart.  Not all are raised in this hatchery.

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As I was returning to Hoquiam I saw a sign for a state hatchery and it was virtually identical to the first one I saw.

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