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Salmon Egg Taking
a1.manisteedam

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

a2.ladder

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

a3.kidsatweir

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

a4.manyfisninweir

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

a5.onefish

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.

a6.incomingfish

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

a7.geteggs

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

a8.eggsclose

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

a9.testingfish

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.

b1.harietta

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

b2.exterior

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

b3.wideholding

General view of the interior.

b4.holding

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

b5.smallsmolt

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.

b6.bigsmolt

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