Participant Resources

Sign Up by 11/1/19 for the 2019-20 Fish Friends Program Here!
Missed the deadline but still want to sign up? Let Hazel know ASAP.

Equipment Setup and Tank Maintenance Information

A limited number of these life cycle poster sets are available to Fish Friends participants.


Suggested donations of $5-20 will be reinvested in the Fish Friends program.


Contact Fish Friends Coordinator to request yours.

ASF’s “Wild Atlantic Salmon: A Natural Wonder,” nice visuals and text

NASCO’s (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization) brief overview of the salmon life cycle with a helpful visual

Downeast Salmon Federation’s 6-minute video about Atlantic salmon and their unique hatchery method

To the Journey’s End: The Life Cycle of the Atlantic Salmon,” a 30-minute video about the life cycle and struggles of Atlantic salmon, produced in Scotland

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the permits for?

In order to be able to raise and release Atlantic salmon, an endangered species, Fish Friends participants must have a permit issued by the Department of Marine Resources through the Fish Friends Coordinator and keep it with the fish until they are released. The permit also provides information about where those specific fish can be released in the spring, among other important details.

When do I start raising the temperature in my tank?

Follow these guidelines unless otherwise specified by your hatchery or Mentor:

  1. Have your tank’s water at 50F by the time the fish need to be stocked
  2.  Keep the temperature as cold as possible as long as possible
  3. Don’t increase the temperature abruptly—a change of 1F twice per week (e.g. Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday—resulting in a total change of 2F per week) should be tolerable.    

For example, if your goal is to stock your fish on May 31st, working backwards from there could look like this:

  • 49F on May 28th
  • 48F on May 24th
  • 47F on May 21st
  • 46F on May 17th
  • 45F on May 14th
  • 44F on May 10th
  • 43F on May 7th (and so on)

When can I release my fish?

Once your tank’s water is at 50F, your fish have developed into fry (no yolk sacs attached), and the stream where you’ll release them is right around 50F too, they should be ready to go into the wild! They can survive as fry in your tank, without supplemental food, for 1-2 weeks.