November 30, 2015

Studying salmon at Kodiak Credit: Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Assn.

Studying salmon at Kodiak
Credit: Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Assn.

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Kids Sing in – “Just a little egg I am buried under rocks and sand soon I’ll be an egg with an eye then I’ll alevin then I’ll fry. I’m a salmon…

Sharing a song about the salmon life cycle, Kodiak fourth graders got a first hand experience when they took part in this year’s annual salmon egg take.

We are teaching the basic life cycle of the salmon, the differences between each species of a salmon, from pinks to chums to cohos. And we are also showing them different morphological differences in fish, the external features, the difference between the male and female, and then we are showing them how we spawn the fish. So we are actually cut open a fish, let the eggs come out and fertilize with the male and them give them a batch of eggs to take back to their classroom.

Trent Dodson is the operations manager for the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association.

And then they will keep an eye on them and then those eggs will hatch, then they will feed them and then once those fish reach a certain size, next spring we will release them when we release our fish.   

This is the first year the K.R.A.A is taking on the project after funding was cut by the state. Pillar Creek Hatchery manager Al Seale says nothing is more important than having the kids be a part of the salmon egg take.

Having the kids being involved introduces them into what the background is on what’s going on with fish enhancement in the Kodiak area and getting them familiar with the impact, and what we are actually doing for the community. 

Students shared what they learned

I learned that they have to sacrifice themselves for their own. And they lay about mostly 1000 salmon eggs.

I learned something cool at buskin about the cray crab, they eat other salmon eggs. The crabs are not supposed to be here eating the salmon eggs, they are an invasive species.

That the male fish turns a type of auburn color when it’s spawning.

Singing out- “A big salmon is what I am, catch me, catch me if you can. Back to the river I’ll smell my way. I’m a salmon, I’m a salmon…

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