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Hydro Powered Fish Disposal on the Russian River

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 07/01/2010
End Date 06/30/2011
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 09/25/2010 02:37AM
Keywords Fish, salmon, grinder

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Faculty
  Tom Ravens

Student Researchers
  Alexandra West

Abstract

The Russian River, on the Kenai Peninsula, has had years of problems with bear
and human interaction. The Russian River has two large sockeye salmon runs that
attract both humans and bears alike. Thousands of people visit this area every year, and
management specialists say that the main component to the problem of bear
encounters is that of fish carcasses washing up on the shore. Many attempts have been
made to lower the amount of carcasses along the river but none have seemed to work.
A water powered fish grinder along the river will allow fishermen to dispose of the fish
remains with ease; the pieces of the fish will be very small, and the important nutrients possessed by the spawning salmon will remain in the ecosystem.

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