To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, the hatchery’s friends group is sponsoring a photo contest. Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to help document the hatchery, salmon in the stream, the flora and fauna that inhabit the grounds.
The photo contest, hosted by Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH), is one of several events taking place throughout the summer and fall to commemorate the opening of the hatchery 75 years ago.
Photos must be taken on hatchery property anywhere that the public is allowed to visit, between September 1st and October 31st, 2012. Contest winners will be announced on November 10th at the hatchery. To learn more about the contest and submit entries interested photographers can visit the organization’s website at www.issaquahfish.org and click on “FISH Celebrates 75th Anniversary” at the top of the home page.
The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was built in 1936-37 as a Works Progress Administration project and opened for fish culture in February of 1937. The property is owned by the City of Issaquah and leased to the State of Washington for 99 years. Operated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the hatchery produces salmon important in the fisheries program for the Puget Sound basin. The City of Issaquah and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce celebrates the return of the salmon to Issaquah Creek and the hatchery every October with Salmon Days.
FISH is a volunteer and membership based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Through educational programs in school classrooms and at the hatchery, FISH educates the community about the salmon lifecycle and inspires stewardship of the Puget Sound watershed.