(Released: September 25, 2018 - Expired: October 04, 2018)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Andrew Waldo, Fishery Biologist
(Soldotna) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Aquatic Education Program is kicking off this school year’s “Salmon in the Classroom” program with elementary school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Students will have the opportunity to attend two local coho salmon egg take events. The first egg take is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Bear Creek near Seward and the second egg take is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Anchor River in Anchor Point.
ADF&G staff will be conducting hourly presentations at both locations. Bear Creek presentations are scheduled from 9:15a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Anchor River presentations are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Students will arrive hourly at each location to participate in the egg takes and learn about the salmon life cycle, egg fertilization, external anatomy, salmon identification, and habitat requirements. Classes must preregister to attend the events.
Each school will take approximately 300 coho salmon eggs back to their classrooms to incubate. Students will have the opportunity to observe the coho salmon eggs as they develop into free-swimming coho salmon fry. Next spring the coho salmon fry from these incubation projects will be released back into Bear Creek or at a specified landlocked lake.
“The Salmon in the Classroom program provides students a unique perspective they wouldn’t normally be able to experience,” stated Soldotna Fishery Biologist Andrew Waldo. “The incubation project allows students to watch their coho salmon eggs develop into fry and learn about the salmon life cycle in their classroom this year.”
For additional information, please contact Soldotna Fishery Biologist Andrew Waldo at (907) 260-2919 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.