Everyone knows fish swim in schools.

Each spring schools in the Midcoast region take this concept quite literally when they work with Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in a program called Salmon-in-Schools.

BBWC President Tom King recently delivered salmon eggs to 11 schools participating in the Salmon-in-Schools Program. Students at each school care for 200 eggs for three months as they grow into fry.

When the fry are ready, students will release them into the Wescot Stream, an undammed tributary of the Passagassawakeag River. The stream runs through Waldo and Swanville into Belfast, where it joins the Passy just below City Point.

Unimpeded by barriers, but still at great odds, the fry — when mature enough after two years — will be able to run to the sea where they will spend the next two years feeding off the shores of Greenland before returning to their natal Wescot Stream to spawn.

Students at Searsport High School, Belfast Area High School, Troy Howard Middle School, Capt. Albert Stevens School (two classes), Cornerspring Montessori School, Ames School, Appleton Village School, Edna Drinkwater School, Lincolnville Central School, Nickerson Elementary School and Camden/Rockport Elementary School are now tending the eggs King delivered to them in March.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition supports conservation and stewardship of natural and public resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community building, and education.