(Released: October 02, 2019 - Expired: October 10, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Andrew Waldo, Fisheries Biologist
(Soldotna) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Aquatic Education Program is kicking off the school year with its annual “Salmon in the Classroom” event with two coho salmon egg takes for students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The first egg take is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Bear Creek near Seward and the second egg take is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019, 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 1:55 p.m. Classes are required to preregister and approximately 800 students are registered to attend.
During the events students will have the opportunity to participate in the egg takes and learn about salmon life cycles, egg fertilization, external anatomy, adult and juvenile salmon identification, and habitat requirements. Each school will take approximately 200 eggs back to their classrooms giving students an opportunity to observe coho salmon eggs as they develop into free-swimming fry. The incubation projects are part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program to teach students about salmon biology in their classrooms this school year. The fry from these incubation projects will be released next spring back into Bear Creek or at a specified landlocked stocked lake.
For additional information, please contact Soldotna Fishery Biologist Andrew Waldo at (907) 260-2919 or by email at email@example.com.