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"Fish Sticks" Help Protect Salmon Habitat

No, these fish sticks aren't edible. They're made of plastic, so they'd be hard to chew. Thanks to a coral-red salmon sticker on each one, the fish sticks are highly visible. Thousands of the colorful markers can be seen throughout Washington State between salmon-spawning waterways and state rights of way. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) installed the fish sticks to mark the "start" and "stop" of mowing, spraying, ditch-cleaning, and other maintenance activities in these areas. When WSDOT maintenance crews see the markers, they apply state-of-the-art management practices to keep pollutants and sediment away from sensitive wetlands, streams, and rivers. WSDOT has put fish sticks in such Priority Sensitive Areas as 300 feet of Mason County's State Route 101 between Hood Canal and the salmon-filled Hamma-Hamma River. At this location, the fish sticks help protect a nearby oyster farm as well as salmon habitat.
 
--Aug 21, 2006

Sandy Stephens, (360) 705-7853 or stephes@wsdot.wa.gov

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