An Education In Salmon

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
23 February 2010, at 12:00am

CANADA - Hundreds of volunteers throughout the range of wild Atlantic salmon are helping the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) deliver the time-tested, much acclaimed Fish Friends programme to almost 700 classrooms this year.

Volunteers readily deliver eggs, visit classrooms and help to release fish when they are grown to fry stage to make Fish Friends an exciting and meaningful program for students in grades 4, 5 and 6.

Eyed salmon eggs are delivered to class rooms. Students then raise the eggs to fry stage in incubators in their classrooms, and release the fry into local streams in the spring. The Fish Friends curriculum touches on every aspect of the wild Atlantic salmon’s struggle for survival and follows the salmon’s amazing life cycle from tiny eggs in a river’s gravel to their long ocean migrations to Greenland and back to spawn in their birth rivers, along with the threats they face along the way.

In many schools, sponsors cover a portion of the costs of running the program by purchasing incubation units and other equipment. Many sponsors are local river management groups affiliated with the Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA), a Regional Council of ASF.

Groups or individuals interested in sponsoring Fish Friends or in becoming a Fish Friends volunteer can contact Lewis Hinks at 902 275-3407.