Humptulips Fish Hatchery Seeks Volunteers to Mark Coho

HUMPTULIPS, Wash. – The Humptulips Fish Hatchery is again looking for clipping volunteers to help with the mass marking of 500-thousand coho fry. Jeremy Parker from the Humptulips Hatchery tells us a contract clipping crew wrapped up the same task on 500-thousand Chinook fry in time for their release. Beginning Tuesday May 22nd, the mass marking trailer will be running 7 days a week from 8 to 4. The Hatchery is hoping for a larger volunteer turnout after an attempt last month clipped only 27,000 fry in two days prompting the hiring of a contract crew for the Chinook. The markings have to be completed before water temperatures reach 60 degrees. Parker said the coho that are not marked this year will summer at the hatchery.