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From river to DNR hatchery . . . the LSSU Atlantic salmon connection

Posted: February 6th, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Some of the Atlantic salmon eggs collected and prepared last fall by Lake Superior State University's Aquatic Research Laboratory are now being raised by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources fish hatchery for release into Lake Huron and an inland lake downstate. Click here to read a Petoskey News-Review/Gaylord Herald-Times story about the cooperative effort. Photos below show the ARL's work this past November that fed into the DNR effort. The Lab's collection and rearing process goes on every year to support a St. Mary's river Atlantic salmon stocking project that LSSU started in 1987.



NOVEMBER HARVEST – Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory Manager Roger Greil, left, and ARL student worker Addie Dutton untangle a female Atlantic salmon they just pulled from the St. Mary's River on Nov. 12. Looking on is student worker Cliff Pattinson. Staff are pulling the fish for eggs and milt to start a generation of Atlantics that will be raised for release during the summer of 2015. The lab churns about 25,000 Atlantic salmon annually for a regional fishery that's known the world over. Dutton is a junior from South Boardman, Mich.; Pattinson, a freshman from Marshall, Mich. Both are fisheries and wildlife management majors. (Photo by John Shibley)

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CHILLED FISH, FISHERMAN – Lake Superior State University fisheries and wildlife management student Cliff Pattinson hefts a male Atlantic Salmon he hauled from the St. Mary's River on Nov. 12. LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory staff are pulling the fish for eggs and milt to start a generation of Atlantics that will be raised for release during the summer of 2015. The lab churns about 25,000 Atlantic salmon annually for a regional fishery that's known the world over. Pattinson is a fisheries and wildlife management freshman from Marshall, Mich. (Photo by John Shibley)

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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)

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


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