Icicle TV went snerding with fisheries biologist Matt Collins and his Yakima Nations fisheries biologist team as they round up Coho Salmon in Nason Creek. Surveying and capturing both native and transplanted Coho salmon smolt. Using dry suits, mask and snorkels, these biologists are gathering critical DNA and radio tracking data to better understand our changing river systems. The Coho salmon restoration program is just one of many state federal and tribal efforts to monitor and protect our area’s critical reliance on salmon and trout resources.
Salmon are the basis for our entire river ecosystem, well beyond the fish itself, post spawn salmon die and provide a rejuvenating dose of nutrients to our area’s mountain streams and rivers.