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VIDEO and STORY: Juveniles releasing juvenile… salmon

Students from Prince Rupert release salmon fry into Oldfield Creek
Grade 1 students, Mya McDowall and Enid Outhet, are both young volunteers at the Oldfield Creek Fish Hatchery. Shannon Lough/The Northern View

After spending their early lives in a tank, salmon fry were released into the Oldfield Creek by students learning the life-cycle of the popular North Coast species.

On May 4, energetic students eagerly waited for a tiny cup filled with fish to dump into the creek and watch them swim away.

Three members from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, including an officer, were there to teach the students about the salmonfry, nearby insects, and the importance of obeying fishing regulations.

“We received the eggs in the fall, and the eggs went through the stage of development up until they’re ready to leave the tank which was fun trying to catch them all this morning and we brought them down to the Oldfield Hatchery,” said Morgan Sundin, Grade 1/2 teacher at Roosevelt.

The students also learned about salmon smolts, which will be released at the 8th annual Smolt Fest on May 27 at the Oldfield Creek Hatchery from 1-3 p.m.