Sixth Graders Prepare to Release Baby Salmon

April 25, 2013

(Marquette, MI) – The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FWCTU), headquartered in Marquette, initiated the Salmon in the Classroom (SIC) program more than a decade ago.  Through the SIC program, FWCTU provides funding and support for the set-up of 5 aquariums in schools throughout the central U.P.  Each year the aquariums are supplied with 200 salmon eggs in late November, provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and they hatch in January.  Teachers and students raise the salmon until early May when they take a field trip to a local salmon habitat and release the fish into the stream.  During the winter period, the teachers incorporate the salmon into many of their lesson plans such as environment, fish habitat, conservation, and water quality.

FWCTU volunteers will assist the teachers and students of Gladstone Middle and Escanaba Middle Schools as they release their salmon into the Escanaba River at 8:45 AM Friday, April 26 1st at Pioneer Park near the mouth of the river.  After the fish release, the FWCTU chapter members will assist the students in macro-invertebrate (bug) collection and identification.  Contact Joe Karl at 906-786-2378 (12flyfish@charter.net) for more information.

Other schools participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program include Superior Central Schools, Negaunee Middle School, Gwinn Middle School, and Powell Township Schools.

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