KCTS: Video of Coho Salmon being released above the Elwha DamNov 8th, 2011 • Category: NWIFC Blog
KCTS/Earthfix just posted a video and a story about last week’s release of 50 adult coho salmon into the Elwha River, between the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, near the Highway 101 Bridge.
From the story:
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Standing on the banks of the Elwha River on a crisp November afternoon last week, Mel Elofson eased a slippery pink coho salmon into the cold, green water and watched it swim away.
“It’s a historic day,” he said. “We haven’t had salmon in these reaches for almost 100 years.”
Elofson, who works for the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s fisheries department, was part of a team that transported 55 coho salmon into the middle section of the of the Elwha River, re-introducing coho to the area for the first time since the 108-foot Elwha Dam was completed in 1913.