Giant salmon brings attention to fish habitat

“This will only hurt for a minute….Ken DesMarets, right, sales representative with Fish Brewing Co., Olympia, looks like bait to Fin the migratory salmon. DesMarets parked the fish in front of Park Way Tavern, a client on I Street in Tacoma, on Thursday where it drew plenty of attention. (Photo by Bonnie West). There were plenty of double-takes by drivers passing the Park Way Tavern on I Street on Thursday.Out front was a 25-foot fiberglass salmon on a boat trailer that was such a whopper, it just couldn’t be ignored.The replica of a migratory salmon, and named Fin, is owned by the Wild Olympic Salmon organization in Port Hadlock, Wa., that loans out the fish to draw attention to the restoration of critical fish habitat.On Thursday, Fin was borrowed by Fish Brewing Company, Olympia, the maker of Fish Tale Ales, and left at the tavern for the day.We’ve had an amazing response to it, said Jeff Fraychineaud, owner of the tavern. People having been pulling over to take pictures of it all day.We carry microbrewery beers like Fish Brewing Co. ales on tap here on a rotation basis, and they’re very involved with community awareness stuff like that, he said. Their ales are all organic, which is very popular here.Ken DesMarets, a sales representative with Fish Brewing Company, dropped by the Park Way Tavern with the fish to keep fish habitat restoration in the public’s mind.We use Fin when doing fund-raising for environmental groups and we donate portions of the sales of our products to organizations like Wild Olympic Salmon to save fish-the species, not the company, he elaborated. We don’t want to use her for the commercial aspect as much as for the environmental.Al Latham, on the Wild Olympic Salmon board, said Fin was spawned in 1988 as an active environmental education tool to teach children and adults about salmon and the importance of healthy watersheds.She was made by volunteers using fiberglass boatbuilding technology, he said. Inside is Pacific Northwest art, as well as an artists’ rendition of a riparian zone. Kids can climb in there and see what’s at the bottom of a stream, and up the sides are the stream banks and above that the forest.Lathan said anyone who would be interested in helping Wild Olympic Salmon develop a environmental education program to travel around to area schools is welcome to contact the organization at: 360/385-9329, or The organization, which also takes donations to continue the habitat restoration, can be contacted at Wild Olympic Salmon, 205A Patison St., Port Hadlock, WA 98339. “