Late Xmas Present For Yaquina Salmon: Trees For Habitat, Protection

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM U-DA-MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS

On Saturday, 03-04- 2017, the U-DA- MAN Fishing Tournament group, conducted our 4th Annual Coho HO! Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) project on the Yaquina River from Cannon Quarry Park on Elk City road.

U DA MEN (AND WOMEN)! VOLUNTEERS AT LAST WEEKEND’S TREE, ER, PLANTING EFFORT GATHER ALONG THE YAQUINA RIVER NEAR ELK CITY. (U-DA-MAN)

15 project volunteers, made up of U-DA-Man Fishing Tournament members, as well as volunteers from Longview Hills Fishing Club and others from the community spent approximately 4 hours placing a large number of clean recycled Christmas trees into the water way by securing them to existing log pilings.

USED CHRISTMAS TREES HEAD DOWN THE DOCK TO A NEW PURPOSE. (U-DA-MAN)

All the trees are placed along the bank from boats. The trees are secured with 120 day rot cotton cord, ensuring they will stay in place for about 3 months and provide juvenile salmon with temporary habitat and protection from predators, particularly cormorants.

LOADED BOATS ON THE RIVER. THE YAQUINA HOSTS ANNUAL RUNS OF CHINOOK AND COHO SALMON, AND THE TREES WILL GIVE FINGERLINGS COVER FROM PREDATORS. (U-DA-MAN)

Cormorants feed heavily on small juvenile salmon as they make their way down stream in their migration to the ocean. This project hopes to enhance salmon populations, including Chinook and Coho, in the Yaquina River system.

CREWS ATTACH A CHRISTMAS TREE TO AN OLD PILING WITH CORD THAT WILL ROT AWAY IN SEVERAL MONTHS, AFTER SALMON SMOLTS HAVE MOVED THROUGH TOWARDS THE OCEAN. (U-DA-MAN)

The U-DA- MAN Fishing Tournament group would like to thank ODFW, Longview Hills Fishing Club, Dahl’s Disposal of Toledo, Newport Marine & RV, Newport’s JC Market, Englund Marine and Industrial Supply and Lincoln County Parks for their support and services which helped make this project possible.

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