Salmon fry free to swim

Part of Atlantic Salmon Federation's annual 'Fish Friends' program
Jun 10, 2019
Courtesy of: Tom King Salmon fry raised in a local classroom.

Tom King of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, along with volunteers David Greeley and Bill Smith, helped students at 12 local schools raise and release their Atlantic Salmon fry in Wescot Stream last month.

Students raised the salmon from 200 eggs per school. The three-month process takes place in classrooms around the state as part of the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s “Fish Friends” program.

"Not all eggs become fry; loss is inevitable, just as would happen in nature," Fry said. "So the students are required to do record keeping and report to the Department of Marine Resources their release number."

Students released their fry into Wescot Stream on May 16 and 31.

"Wescot Stream is an excellent site for the release because of great water quality, good salmon habitat, and it is the only undammed tributary of the Passagassawakeag River," King said.

Local participants were Searsport District and Belfast Area high schools, Capt. Albert W. Stevens School, Troy Howard Middle School, Cornerspring Montessori School, Edna Drinkwater School, Isleboro Central School and Kermit S. Nickerson School.

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition has been facilitating Fish Friends locally for nearly a decade. To get involved, visit BelfastBayWatershed.org.

Student releases salmon fry into Wescot Stream. (Courtesy of: Tom King)
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