“The second grade students raise the salmon in their classroom and about three months later release them. Each year, the second graders raise the salmon for several months until they are ready to swim on their own. The seventh graders were there to help.”
“Grayson Spalding, 7, explained the journey that the salmon fry faced after being released, one by one, into the stream: “They start out here at the Segeunkedunk Stream, then they’re going to go to the Penobscot River. Then they’re going to go to the Atlantic Ocean for three to five years,” Spalding said. “Then they’re going to go back to the Penobscot River. And back here to lay eggs … it’s going to be like a cycle that goes over and over.”“
“Second-graders at West Bath School were excited to receive 200 Atlantic Salmon eggs from the Fish Friends Program. They knew there would be a release in the spring, but they didn’t know how many would survive.”
“Some second grade classes may have a pet hamster or hatch chicks in an incubator, but in Kelsey Marco’s class at West Bath School, students this year had more unusual classroom pets: 120 Atlantic Salmon.”
“Their adventure began at Hancock Grammar School, where they had hatched from eggs in January, and ended at the West Branch of the Union River in Amherst.
The fry were accompanied on the school bus ride by Valerie Sprague’s fourth-grade class. Once they reached the destination, Charlie “the Salmon Man” Kelly used plastic cups to scoop the fry out of the cooler, handing them to students and their teacher to release into the river.”
Nearly 100 Maine classrooms are in the midst of observing and caring for hundreds of endangered Atlantic salmon eggs as they develop from eggs to fry. Stay tuned for more information about this program as this new website develops