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Salmon Egg Taking

Chinook salmon swimming up the Manistee River are blocked by this dam until enough fish have been taken.


When fish are needed, this 'ladder chute' is opened and the fish are 'enticed' to swim up it into the holding pens.


Some the holding pens being looked at by some elementry school children on an outing.


Many of the fish could be seen as they swam around. Some of them would even jump occasionally.


You could see the individual fish quite clearly. Some of them were already showing the white spots indicating they are nearing the end of their life span.


Workers then scoop up baskets full of fish to be sorted. Any fish other than Chinooks are released up stream from the dam.


A worker inserts a small needle into the female and forced air squirts out the eggs into the waiting bucket.


Eggs from ONE female and ONE male are then combined to ensure maximum genetic diversity. Each container is numbered for identification.


Each fish is examined and tested for disease and if found, the eggs are destroyed along with the infected fish. The remaining fish are processed and shipped out.


Next was a visit to the Harrietta Fish Hatchery which raises brown trout and steelhead trout from eggs.


It's a good sized building, capable of raising some 25-35,000 small fish annually.


General view of the interior.


A better view of the holding pens where the fish are raised.


This is a batch of quite young fish. They will be kept for about 18-months or until they achieve a size of about 8 inches to ensure maximum survivability when they are released.


Another tank where the fish are substantially larger. These will most likely be released next spring.