NEAR BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — Oregon Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Biologists threw more than 900 lbs of frozen fish into Big Butte Creek Saturday morning to stimulate salmon spawning. The carcasses provide nutrients to the streams and the baby fish eat them to grow stronger.
ODFW plans to throw more than 20,000 lbs of fish into streams throughout the state. ODFW has been doing this for about 15 years. Before they started the frozen fish fling, carcasses were put into landfills.
Nearly a dozen public volunteers teamed up with ODFW and the Coastal Conservation Association for the event.