Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Group Effort Helps Feed The Hungry

After being harvested at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery following a 900-mile trip up the Salmon River, 311 steelhead got a truck ride to Ketchum. As of April 25, the Pahsimeroi Fish Hatchery had trapped 6,299 hatchery steelhead and the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery had trapped another 2,237. This year’s bountiful run has provided the hatcheries with an abundance of regenerative material. The Hunger Coalition, which feeds about 300 families or 1,000 people per month, approached the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about obtaining some of the excess steelhead. The coalition put together a team of volunteers to gut, filet, clean and package one steelhead for each family. Coalition Director Jeanne Liston said that January through April is “our hunger season.” In May, jobs tend to pick up, and “when people have work, they don't need to come to us,” Liston said. In the photo, Liston’s husband, Tom, removes some of the fish for preparation.

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