By Tim Kowols
For some local food pantries, animal rehab centers and an Algoma company, the end of a salmon’s life is good news for the people they serve. For the last four years, salmon collected during the fall spawning at Department of Natural Resources fisheries, including the Strawberry Creek Chinook facility in Sturgeon Bay and the C.D. Besadny Anadromous Fish facility in Kewaunee, are donated to different non-profit organizations or to fertilizer manufacturer Dramm Corporation depending on size. This program has redirected thousands of pounds of salmon from area landfills. Hatchery supervisor Jesse Landwehr says everyone benefits from the naturally occurring event.
Currently, Lakeshore CAP is the only non-profit organization in Door and Kewaunee County benefiting from the DNR program, which also collects fish from its hatchery in Wild Rose. Landwehr says they are always looking for new organizations to partner with in the future.