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Nisqually tribe’s annual salmon giveaway starts Tuesday

Chinook salmon are placed in a freezer box at the Nisqually tribe’s hatchery. Once the eggs and sperm are removed from the fish, the tribe gives them away.
Chinook salmon are placed in a freezer box at the Nisqually tribe’s hatchery. Once the eggs and sperm are removed from the fish, the tribe gives them away. The News Tribune file photo

The Nisqually Indian Tribe’s annual chinook giveaway starts next week and is open to the public.

The tribe’s Clear Creek Hatchery releases millions of chinook smolts, or young salmon, each year. They return as adults in the fall a few years later to die. Before they do, the eggs and sperm are harvested and then the fish are given away.

The hatchery expects more than 40,000 fish to return this year.

The fish will be given away from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday as well as Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Fish will be given out one at a time; to get more than one, you’ll have to go to the back of the line.

Update: To get to the hatchery, which is on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, take Exit 116 from Interstate 5 and go to the gate at Mounts Road. That will be open until 1 p.m. Take a right after entering and follow the road about 10 minutes, keeping to the right. For information call 360-456-5221.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869, @AbbySpegman

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