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Nisqually River Salmon
Nutrient Enhancement
Program
The stinky and slimy
salmon carcass tossing thing
Salmon Life Cycle
Listen to this song to label
your diagram!
Historical salmon runs
Pre 1800’s
• 5000 Chinook
• 23,000 Coho
• 60,000-100,000 Chum
• 115,000 Pink (odd years only)
• 600...
Present Day
• Chinook Hatchery – 13,150
• Chinook Natural run – 664
• Coho combined – 9,078
• Wild Winter Chum – 54,315
• ...
Historical vs. Current
Chinook and Steelhead
Nisqually Salmon Runs
Goal of Salmon Tossing
• Bring marine derived nutrients upstream
–Winter months
–Low nutrient systems
How does the smolt t...
Where do the carcasses come from?
Where do the carcasses come from?
Clear Creek Hatchery!
Salmon Carcass Tossing
Why Toss Salmon Carcasses?
Food for the bugs salmon like to eat!
Why Toss Salmon Carcasses?
Many animals depend on salmon for food
Why Toss Salmon Carcasses?
Nutrition for the forest!
Why Toss Salmon Carcasses?
Wa He Lut Indian School
The Presence of Salmon in these
rivers are a cultural and spiritual
tra...
Why Toss Salmon Carcasses?
They’re an economic keystone as well!
-David Troutt, Yil-me-hu 2015
15 years of Carcass Tossing
(1999-2015---no fish tossed in 2008/09)
148.4 tons of rotten salmon tossed
296,800lbs!
About 2...
Timing
*above Centralia Dam
What To Wear:
Rain gear and rubber boots are
recommended!
Dress in layers to keep warm.
Bring a plastic bag to store smell...
Western
Beaked
Hazelnut
Indian Plum
Thank you!
Aleks Storvick & Sheila Wilson
Nisqually River Education Project
aleks@nisquallyriver.org
Sheila@nisquallyriver...
Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016
Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016
Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016
Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016
Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016
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Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016

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Learn the benefits of returning salmon carcasses to historical spawning grounds. Marine derived nutrients for the win! Here is the link for the second slide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV30UZ9aF04
It's a sweet music video about the life cycle of salmon but sang to the tune of I Will Survive!

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Salmon Carcass Tossing 2016

  1. 1. Nisqually River Salmon Nutrient Enhancement Program The stinky and slimy salmon carcass tossing thing
  2. 2. Salmon Life Cycle Listen to this song to label your diagram!
  3. 3. Historical salmon runs Pre 1800’s • 5000 Chinook • 23,000 Coho • 60,000-100,000 Chum • 115,000 Pink (odd years only) • 6000 Steelhead 720,000 to 1,425,000 lbs/yr!!!!! marine derived nutrients; depending on chum run and pink(odd year)
  4. 4. Present Day • Chinook Hatchery – 13,150 • Chinook Natural run – 664 • Coho combined – 9,078 • Wild Winter Chum – 54,315 • Wild Pink – 800,000 • Winter Wild Steelhead – 1,127 343,000 lbs/yr • Less than 1/3 of historical run size • Much more chum than any other fish/less diversity
  5. 5. Historical vs. Current
  6. 6. Chinook and Steelhead
  7. 7. Nisqually Salmon Runs
  8. 8. Goal of Salmon Tossing • Bring marine derived nutrients upstream –Winter months –Low nutrient systems How does the smolt that enters the estuary compare to the adult that returns to spawn?
  9. 9. Where do the carcasses come from?
  10. 10. Where do the carcasses come from? Clear Creek Hatchery!
  11. 11. Salmon Carcass Tossing
  12. 12. Why Toss Salmon Carcasses? Food for the bugs salmon like to eat!
  13. 13. Why Toss Salmon Carcasses? Many animals depend on salmon for food
  14. 14. Why Toss Salmon Carcasses? Nutrition for the forest!
  15. 15. Why Toss Salmon Carcasses? Wa He Lut Indian School The Presence of Salmon in these rivers are a cultural and spiritual tradition.
  16. 16. Why Toss Salmon Carcasses? They’re an economic keystone as well! -David Troutt, Yil-me-hu 2015
  17. 17. 15 years of Carcass Tossing (1999-2015---no fish tossed in 2008/09) 148.4 tons of rotten salmon tossed 296,800lbs! About 21,200 lbs this year!
  18. 18. Timing *above Centralia Dam
  19. 19. What To Wear: Rain gear and rubber boots are recommended! Dress in layers to keep warm. Bring a plastic bag to store smelly, outer layers Change of clothes...?
  20. 20. Western Beaked Hazelnut
  21. 21. Indian Plum
  22. 22. Thank you! Aleks Storvick & Sheila Wilson Nisqually River Education Project aleks@nisquallyriver.org Sheila@nisquallyriver.org (360) 438-8715 Interested in learning more or want to view this presentation again? Grab a parent and visit our website: nrep.nisquallyriver.org We have resources just for students!

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