IDFG: Operator Error May Have Triggered Fishkill During Salmon Transport 

IDFG said one of its employees noticed that many of the fish were stressed during the journey, apparently from a lack of oxygen.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Aug. 30 that as many as 160 adult Chinook salmon were killed earlier in the week during a habitat transfer that may have been botched. IDFG said the fish were being moved from the Sawtooth Hatchery near Stanley to the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River, approximately 40 miles away.

IDFG said one of its employees noticed that many of the fish were stressed during the journey, apparently from a lack of oxygen. The department said the employee may have erred in the operation of the transport truck's life-support system.

Department officials said they would review procedures to prevent a repeat incident.


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