Chinook Salmon Giving A Little Back: Ocean Currency

Chinook Salmon Giving A Little Back: Ocean Currency
Photo by Nate Koenigsknecht

Photo by Nate Koenigsknecht

A Chinook Salmon Giving a Little Back.

The beaches of West Coast rivers--or rather those rivers that still retain their salmon runs--are blessed by the stinky presence of rotting chinook salmon these days.  The smell might turn your nose, but don't be fooled.  This is a sacred sight.

Rivers run downstream, and carry with them a watershed's nutrients.  Salmon and steelhead juveniles are carried out to sea too, where they gorge and grow.  When they return, they bring with them the bounty of the sea; they are one of the only mechanisms for moving nutrients UP a watershed.


This fish was rotting on a beach, but a few days back I found a rotting coho hundreds of yards up from the river, dragged there by a black bear, based on the tracks. He'd eaten the eyes and cheeks and belly, and left the rest for the land to swallow.


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