‘It’s a wrap!’ Fauntleroy salmon watch over; biggest ever

November 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 6 Comments

(Photo courtesy Dave McCoy)
At Fauntleroy Creek, Salmon Watch 2012 is over. Five late spawners showed up Saturday, then none on Sunday, reports Judy Pickens, with the overview of the record-setting season:

Eighteen salmon watchers documented 274 coho spawners in Fauntleroy Creek between Oct. 24 and Nov. 17. Our previous high was 167, in 2001. We had an estimated 290 visitors, including five school groups. Watchers were able to see that nearly all the fish were hatchery-released (not fish that started life here or came through Salmon in the Schools). All, however, are now providing valuable nutrients to the habitat and we’ll be checking for “home hatch” starting late February.

As noted in our close-up look at Salmon Watch two weeks ago, last year brought only 11 coho to the creek – but that was still better than the completely spawner-less year in 2010.


  1. A vignette of salmon from both Fauntleroy and Longfellow…


    Comment by DiverLaura — 12:08 am November 20, 2012 #

  2. I hope the record rainfall hasn’t done significant damage to these creeks and salmon habitat.

    Comment by GP40 — 3:44 am November 20, 2012 #

  3. This was sooooo cool to see in person i actually visited twice!! Thanks to everyone who worked to restore the stream, essentially putting out the “Welcome” mat for the returning salmom. Bravo! I’m sure a few local otters and raccoons are very happy as well.

    Comment by B-squared — 6:34 am November 20, 2012 #

  4. Thank you, Diver Laura – great video, and an excellent reminder that much remains to be done in order to preserve our urban habitat for all marine life.

    Comment by enviromaven — 10:21 am November 20, 2012 #

  5. Yes thanks Diver Laura for such a great video and eloquent post commentary.

    Comment by bettytheyeti — 12:08 pm November 20, 2012 #

  6. This picture made me laugh – somehow I always get pictures of fish tails while snorkeling. Thanks to all the salmon counters for the work they are doing and to those who worked on the stream.

    Comment by Curiouser — 1:54 pm November 20, 2012 #

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