Group makes Salmon in the Classroom possible

This week’s bouquets go to:

The Rapid River School fifth and eighth grade classes released their Chinook salmon into the Whitefish River Wednesday. The salmon were raised at the school as a part of the Salmon in the Classroom Project. Our sponsors, Mark Peloza and Mike Verhamme, on behalf of the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fisherman supported us with the project and provided donuts and juice for the kids that participated in the release. Mr. Ostrenga and Ms. Larson use the project to teach students about our Great Lakes, water quality, fish anatomy, water ecology, and how students can help and have a positive impact on the environment surrounding them. This project is followed by students from K-12. Our students like to track the development of the salmon from eyed eggs, sac fry, swim-up fry, and then to smolt when they are ready to be released. Our sponsors, the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sportsman group, has continued to work with our project supporting us with the funds needed to maintain our tank and purchase needed equipment. A big thank you also goes to Pat Muffler from Rapid River who has been kind enough to let us release the salmon on his beautiful property along the Whitefish River.

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