Salmon Release

posted May 21, 2021, 10:12 AM by Gina Jandreau   [ updated May 21, 2021, 10:12 AM ]
Fifth and sixth grade students released 423 landlocked salmon at Birch Point in Long Lake.  Students raised the salmon from the eyed egg stage to the fry stage when they need to be released.  They feed off of their yolk sac in the alevin stage.  Once their yolk sac is absorbed, they become salmon fry and need to feed.  This is our cue to release them.  Students wore footwear that allowed them to go into the water for the release.  Since there was a lot of pollen on the shore, students had to venture out into the lake a bit to give these salmon a better chance of survival.  After the release, students collected garbage on the beach, then they had enough time to play on the equipment before leaving to get back to school.  If we are lucky, one of the 423 we released will survive to adulthood. See photos here.