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Aquatic Research Lab is go-to source for DNR Atlantic salmon expansion effort

Posted: January 12th, 2014


SOUTHBOUND SALMONIDS – Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician Brian Haffner loads up an egg transfer tray as Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory (ARL) manager Roger Greil and LSSU biology professor Emily Martin look on. Haffner was picking up 290,000 fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs from the ARL on Jan. 8 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for the DNR's Platte Lake fish hatchery located outside Traverse City, where they will be reared and then released in a northern Michigan inland lake this fall and into Lake Huron during spring 2015. The lab held on to 48,000 eyed eggs for its own rearing campaign. While the lab has been collecting its own eggs for several years, it collected more this year for the DNR, which aims to expand Atlantic salmon numbers throughout the lower Great Lakes. LSSU's lab, in partnership with the DNR, pioneered the popular sport fish's introduction in 1987, and continues to play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy, broad-based fishery in the St. Mary's River and upper Great Lakes through research and rearing. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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Michigan DNR fisheries technician Brian Haffner loads up an egg transfer tray. (LSSU/John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo is here.



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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.


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