In the spirit of Governor Inslee’s call to accelerate recovery efforts for the benefit of salmon and the orca, Whooshh Innovations demonstrated its state-of-the-art fish passage technology at the Chief Joseph Dam. 

We worked together with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers to obtain all necessary permits necessary to deploy the Whooshh Passage Portal™ just below Chief Joseph dam during the 2019 Summer and Fall Chinook salmon runs.

Chief Joseph Dam marked the farthest point salmon can migrate up the Columbia River system. Site selection was key for access to a relative abundance of non-listed Chinook. 

The Whooshh Passage Portal™ was anchored offshore on a floating barge, near the base of the Chief Joe Dam. Within weeks the system was operational and demonstrating volitional entry, scanning and sorting, and transport.