Millions of hatchery salmon die in power outage

Some were designated to feed orcas, state wildlife officials said.

Millions of hatchery salmon die in power outage

Millions of Chinook salmon fry died over the weekend after a power outage at a Gig Harbor hatchery.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported the incident on Monday.

In a press release, the agency announced as many as 6.2 million fry, or baby salmon, died on Friday after a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery. The facility’s backup generator failed, the department reported, causing the pump that supplies water to some incubators to stop working.

Over 4 million Deschutes fall Chinook fry perished in the incident, plus about 1.5 million Minter Creek fall Chinook fry and some 507,000 White River spring Chinook fry, WDFW reported.

“This is a devastating loss,” hatchery division manager Eric Kinne said via press release.

Kinne said the department raised the White River Chinook specifically to address a food shortage affecting Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas. The Deschutes and Minter Creek fall Chinook were meant to support state fisheries, the agency reported.

Roughly 6.2 million salmon survived the power outage, WDFW said.

Minter Creek is one of 80 hatcheries operated by the state agency, which raises approximately 68 million Chinook each year.

The department is conducting an analysis of the incident to determine its root causes and to “help ensure this doesn’t happen again,” Kinne said.

The agency was still looking for a third-party contractor to conduct the analysis, Kinne said Tuesday.

More in News

Poulsbo's Public Safety & Legal Committee held a meeting via Zoom last week. Courtesy photo
Poulsbo businesses victims of recent crime

Harding: lack of staffing, recent law changes hinder department

Felony arrest warrant issued for Gregory

18-year-old is wanted in connection with murder of Tyrone Sero

Matt Murphy, president/CEO of the South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce, received the 2021 AWB Grassroots Alliance Advocate of the Year Award from AWB President Kris Johnson, right, and AWB director of strategic engagement Dru Garson on Oct. 14, 2021.
South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce honored for advocacy

Award given by AWB business organization earlier this month

NKSD staff shortages could lead to remote learning

Teachers, bus drivers, subs all needed

Update: Suspect confesses to killing Port Orchard man during botched pot deal

19-year-old dealer shot during scuffle at South Kitsap parking lot

Greater Hansville Community Center will be hosting a drive-in trick-or-treating event Halloween evening. Courtesy illustration
Many COVID-conscious Halloween events in N. Kitsap

With Halloween coming this weekend, many COVID-19-conscious events will be occurring in… Continue reading

19-year-old admits to killing Port Orchard man

Gig Harbor man turns himself in and is booked on first-degree murder. Another suspect is also booked.

Map view of Strickland property. Courtesy photo
City of Poulsbo looking to buy resident’s property next to PERC site

Ellen Strickland wants to sell her property to city instead of developers

Most Read