Sabey employees release salmon into the Riverton Creek. Submitted photo from Sabey Corp.

Sabey employees release salmon into the Riverton Creek. Submitted photo from Sabey Corp.

Sabey Corp. volunteers release 60,000 baby Coho salmon into Riverton Creek

Sabey employees spent weeks taking care of the thousands of baby salmon.

  • Friday, February 15, 2019 10:45am
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The following is a press release from Sabey Corporation.

Sabey Corp. employees introduced about 60,000 Coho salmon fry into Riverton Creek, a restored urban waterway that feeds into the Duwamish River, on Friday, Feb. 8.

Mike Anderson, Sabey Building Engineer, and the volunteers at Sabey Corp. raised 60,000 the young Coho salmon from fertilized egg to fry for weeks before releasing them.

Before and after work, during lunch breaks and even on days off, about a half dozen Sabey Corp. volunteers have been caring for the young salmon in a small-scale hatchery at the Sabey Corp. Tukwila campus.

They have monitored oxygen levels, checked water quality and movement, and performed inspections to make sure the hatchery continually provides optimum conditions for the developing baby fish.

“Salmon are iconic to the region,” said Dave Sabey, Chairman and President of Sabey Corp. “They are deeply tied to our identity in the Pacific Northwest and to its history.”

Salmon restoration is part of Sabey Corp’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.

For nearly 20 years, Sabey Corp. has partnered with local, state and federal agencies to restore Riverton Creek by removing culverts, filtering out sediment from runoff, and planting trees and shrubs to keep the water at ideal temperature for young salmon.

In total, Sabey Corp. has invested more than $1 million to restore and maintain this urban waterway.

The ultimate goal is to ensure the long-term health and vitality of Riverton Creek for salmon and the other wildlife that benefit from a clean, free-flowing waterway.

“There are no days off when caring for these salmon,” Anderson said. “But when I think about how we’re helping to return wild salmon to Riverton Creek, it makes it all worthwhile.”


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