Mixed Bag

Green Bay, Wis. Two northeastern Wisconsin food pantries and the
Menominee Indian Reservation received 15,000 pounds of salmon this
fall through a cooperative effort by state fisheries crews and
local citizens to make sure the fish did not go to waste but could
serve people in need.

The program came together this fall because DNR egg collecting
stations in Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee needed to dispose of
thousands of chinook and coho salmon they collect eggs from as the
fish make their fall spawning runs.

The DNR is able to sell fish 32 inches and less for human
consumption or other uses, and in recent years, the contract has
gone to a company that makes liquid fertilizer.

But this fall, that company didn’t want the fish and there were
no other bidders. The DNR didn’t want to send the fish to the
landfill, so Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay took 13,600 pounds of fish,
Santa’s Closet in Omro took 300 pounds and the Menominee Indian
Reservation took 1,600 pounds. Paul’s Pantry received another 450
pounds of whitefish in November.

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