A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back. The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek. Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint. It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.
In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.