Hood Canal is already an amazing place to get outdoors. Crystal clear waters, solitude, and, oh yeah… The fishing is pretty spectacular. However, as a healthy marine resource, Hood Canal could use a hand.
That is where Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) comes in. HCSEG has been apart of making Hood Canal a better place since 1990! HCSEG has partnered in the Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Project, Summer Chum Restoration, and the Hood Canal Steelhead Project! Not only have they worked on these projects, they have been in the community as well! HCSEG has K-12 camps, citizen science programs, and provide great volunteer and internship opportunities for folks looking to get their hands dirty. PLUS they operate a sustainable farm you can visit in Belfair WA at the Salmon Center!
Hood Canal Summer Chum is a threatened species. Since 2000 HCSEG has been working to bring the Union River stocks up to a healthy populations. We directly can see the results of this in the early spring time as the chum fry dumps back into the Hood Canal. HCSEG is looking for volunteer help with this project now if you are interested in lending a hand.
Steelhead… Simply the most magnificently eerie reminder of what could happen if we do not protect our waters. HCSEG not only is doing a 16 year restoration project. Furthermore, they are also studying the best ways to do restoration projects on steelhead streams! In conclusion of these projects HCSEG might be able to restore 3 steelhead streams, and have the scientific recipe on how to restore small steelhead streams across the northwest. Volunteers are the cornerstone to all non-profit groups of this nature. Consider donating your time please!
Last week, Mendy and the crew at the Salmon Center invited me down to talk about how to partner in their efforts. Future guest will have a chance to sign up for their news letters, and have membership sign ups right from the boat. Furthermore, this fall we are going to throw a little party, details for that will come soon! In the mean time, take the family down to the Salmon Center and see what they have going on, and how you can help make Hood Canal a healthier environment for everyone!