Dead salmon recycled as nutrients for streams

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon marine program is being billed as "stream enrichment," but it's a lot smellier than it sounds.

That's because the program really comes down to dumping hundreds of excess hatchery fish carcasses into tributaries under a conservation program billed as a way to make up for the loss of marine-derived nutrients flushed annually from West Coast streams.

Fish biologist Chuck Fustish calls it the "no muss, no fuss method," and studies show carcass placement can put nutrients into streams that were absorbed by salmon in the ocean and carried inland during their spawning runs.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that up to 19,200 pounds of salmon and steelhead will be recycled into local rivers and creeks this year.

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