Naselle hatchery collaborates with NHS

Sandra Rodriguez "shocks" some salmon eggs, while Matt Chavez works in the background. KEN EMO photo

NASELLE - Students enrolled in a natural resources course at Naselle High School (NHS) are getting a unique opportunity to get knee-deep with fish and learn the skills of salmon culture.

The class, a vocational course offered through the agriculture education program at NHS, meets at the Naselle Salmon Hatchery, which serves as an educational laboratory.

Hatchery personnel serve as expert resources for the students in the class - a unique collaboration which gives students a first-hand introduction to the workings of the hatchery as well as the skills and knowledge practiced by fisheries biologists.

Working with the hatchery personnel, students are applying their knowledge in a stream restoration project, which includes restoring salmon to a creek not far from the NHS campus. The class has installed an incubator next to the stream that uses stream flow to incubate the eggs. In the coming weeks they will put eyed eggs into the incubator and monitor the development of the fish as they hatch and take up residence in the stream.

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