Mukilteo Salmon Survey 2013 -- Japanese and Big Gulches

10 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2014  

Thomas Murphy

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Erin Ryan-Peñuela

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Kyle Dewey

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Erin Gamble

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Laurie Ross

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Chris Shipway

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Date Written: December 30, 2013

Abstract

At the request of the City of Mukilteo, students and staff from the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges surveyed Japanese Gulch and Big Gulch for spawning salmon from November 1 through December 15, 2013. The survey demonstrated that adult coho have returned to Japanese Gulch for the second year in a row after the completion of a significant stream restoration project removing four major barriers to salmon migration. The survey also confirmed reports of chum returning to spawn in Big Gulch. Both streams provide valuable salmon spawning habitat in an urban setting. The efforts of the City of Mukilteo to protect and restore Japanese and Big Gulch are important endeavors reaping tangible benefits for people, fish, and wildlife. The investment of Paine Field Airport and the City of Mukilteo in the removal of barriers to salmon access in Japanese Gulch is showing early evidence of success. Small runs of spawning salmon in the heart of urban Mukilteo need continuing vigilance and care to ensure that future generations of people and salmon can continue to share these vital ecosystems at the edge of the Salish Sea.

Keywords: Environmental anthropology, urban anthropology, applied anthropology, LEAF School, Mukilteo, salmon, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Japanese Gulch, Big Gulch, coho, chum, Paine Field Airport, Salish Sea, restoration, ecology

JEL Classification: H40, R52, Z10

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Thomas and Ryan-Peñuela, Erin and Dewey, Kyle and Gamble, Erin and Ross, Laurie and Shipway, Chris, Mukilteo Salmon Survey 2013 -- Japanese and Big Gulches (December 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2375536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2375536

Thomas Murphy (Contact Author)

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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Erin Ryan-Peñuela

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
United States

Kyle Dewey

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
United States

Erin Gamble

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
United States

Laurie Ross

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
United States

Chris Shipway

Edmonds Community College - Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School ( email )

20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
United States

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