The Olympian: Hood Canal gets help breathing

The Olympian has a great story this morning on the Skokomish Tribe’s efforts to help solve the low-oxygen problem in Hood Canal.

The Olympian:

A fish carcass-recycling program is an integral part of the Skokomish tribe’s chum salmon fishery this fall for a second year in a row.

But with dissolved oxygen levels at perilously low levels in the canal, the tribe is doing its part to keep nutrients in the form of rot-ting fish carcasses from further degrading water quality, said Lalena Amiotte, environmental program coordinator for the Skokomish tribe.

Chum fish carcasses account for about 13 percent of the nutrient loading caused by human activities, according to earlier studies by the Puget Sound Action Team.

But every bit of prevention is worth pursuing, Amiotte said.

King 5 did a similar story a couple weeks ago: Innovative use for leftover salmon.