Visit to Spring Creek Salmon Hatchery
Washington side of Columbia River
September 25, 2003
On my way home from a meeting in Portland I decided to
take the highway on the north side of the river. I turned off at a sign
saying "View salmon spawning today" and found myself at the Spring
Creek hatchery, across from Hood River. The biologist there didn't know
how many returns they had, but the count was over 50,000 a week ago and fish
are still arriving at 2 to 3,000 a day.
You can download a video clip of the
pictures I took. These were taken with my digital camera, so it is a
series of 15 second video clips strung together with no further editing.
The views are as follows:
- A scenic shot of the Oregon side of the river, with Mt
Hood in the background.
- The sign at the hatchery entrance.
- Fish jumping in the river as they approach the ladder.
- A number of views of the fish in the ladder. 3,000
fish would be one every 30 seconds -- when I was there they were
coming at about one every 15 seconds.
- The spawning process. Obviously they have way more
fish than they need for eggs.
- Two semi-truck loads of excess fish being put in plastic
tubs and prepared to send to the food bank.
Question for you economists - what is the economic value of
a food bank fish?