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Middle schoolers release Atlantic Salmon raised from eggs

They cared for them for the next few months before the release earlier this week.
The local fish population is on the rise thanks to some area 7th graders.
The local fish population is on the rise thanks to some area 7th graders.(WABI/All Saints Catholic School)
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 3:51 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The local fish population is on the rise thanks to some area 7th graders.

The students at All Saints in Bangor recently released 200 Atlantic Salmon in the Kenduskeag.

It’s a process that began in February when the students got the eggs.

They cared for them for the next few months before the release earlier this week.

“We went to the Kenduskeag Stream which is where they would have naturally laid their eggs, and the salmon we released hopefully will,” said 7th grade science teacher Vanessa Rehmeyer. “They will stay in the river for a couple of years. They will go to the ocean then they will actually come back up stream to lay eggs again.”

“I learned that they don’t move around a lot after they hatch, and they like to stay near each other,” said 7th grader Meredith Walsh.

“I didn’t know that baby salmon eggs had eyes and stuff,” added fellow 7th grader James Seymour. “I thought they were just like little eggs and fish came swimming out of them. They had eyes and everything so that was a fun learning experience for me.”

All Saints Catholic School has collaborated with the Maine Atlantic Salmon Federation for years on this project through the Fish Friends Program.

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