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Newly hatched coho die in Munsel Creek hatchery

Posted: Friday, Feb 14th, 2014

Munsel Creek runs from Munsel Lake to the Siuslaw River, including a stretch through city-owned Munsel Greenway Park. Creek waters were contaminated sometime Saturday, Feb. 8, killing 10,000 coho salmon being reared at a hatchery. (courtesy photo)

More than 10,000 recently hatched coho salmon were killed at the Florence Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) hatchery when an unknown pollutant contaminated Munsel Creek sometime Saturday, Feb. 8. The coho were found dead in the egg trays at the programís small hatchery early Sunday morning.

Hatchery manager Jack Armer discovered the loss when he arrived at the hatchery to check on the coho, known as alevin at that growth stage.

ďAll of them were gone,Ē he said.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2014 issue.

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