Students Released Atlantic Salmon Fry
St. Andrews - Students from École Champlain, Havelock Middle, Petitcodiac Middle, and Queen Elizabeth schools in the Moncton area will release Atlantic salmon fry above the causeway on the Petitcodiac River for the first time in the history of the Atlantic Salmon Federation's Fish Friends program, with the promise of the fish being able to leave the river and return. École Champlain will release their fry on Wednesday, June 16. The others will release theirs on Thursday, June 17 at locations near the Petitcodiac Sportsman Club (1030 Sanatorium Road), beginning around 10:15 a.m.
"This salmon fry release is especially significant," says Geoff Giffin, New Brunswick's Regional Director for the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). "as these fish have the opportunity to live out their entire life cycle, thanks to the opening of the Petitcodiac gates. They will be able to leave the river in a couple of years as smolt and return one day from the Bay of Fundy as adults to spawn. These small salmon symbolize the hope that we all hold for the recovery of the Petitcodiac River."
As part of the Fish Friends program, children raise eyed salmon eggs to the fry stage in classroom incubators, and then release their charges into local streams. Students learn about the salmon's amazing life cycle, its role as a symbol of a healthy environment, its contribution to the economy, and the challenges to its survival.
Volunteers Gerry Tingley of the Petitcodiac Sportsman Club and Charlie Leblanc of the Moncton Fish and Game will be on hand to help with the releases. Both organizations are sponsors in the Moncton area of the Fish Friends program and affiliates of the New Brunswick Salmon Council. Randy Howatt of Petitcodiac Value Foods is supplying refreshments for this significant event.