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By Michele Smith
The Times 

A Fish Tale


February 1, 2018

Courtesy of Mike Gallnat

On Saturday, volunteers from the Tri-State Steelheaders, and staff from the WDFW used seven pickups to load 933 20-30 pound Chi nook Salmon carcasses from the Lyons Ferry Hatchery into the Tucannon River. The project is part of a Stream Nutrient Enrichment Plan, to enhance the numbers of Spring Chinook and Steelhead. Above: Tri-State Steelheaders volunteers place salmon carcasses into the Tucannon River.

DAYTON – The Tri-State Steelheaders and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife staff have been playing "Mother Nature" in the Tucannon River.

WDFW fish biologist Michael Gallinat of Dayton said that in recent years too few salmon and steelhead have returned to the Tucannon River to spawn and die, providing the necessary nutrients to maintain a productive food web. So the WDFW has developed a protocol for stream nutrient enrichment.

Improving the food web is a bonus for aquatic bugs and, in turn, for fish, so the fish get a healthy start in life, before making their way to the ocean, Galli...

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