MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Cherry Creek Elementary School students released baby salmon into the Dead River in Marquette on May 16. The students at the Chocolay Township Elementary School received close to 200 salmon eggs last November.
Over the past six months, the students have raised the salmon in a provided aquarium. It is one of eight total aquariums set-up throughout the U.P. They are provided by the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It is called Salmon in the Classroom which is a program that was initiated more than a decade ago.
"The kids are releasing the salmon they have been raising them all year and this is kind of an exciting day," said FWCTU chapter member Herb Grenke.
"I really liked watching them hatch after a couple of months and I like going down every day and feeding them. I will be sad to see them go," said Cherry Creek student Jesse Hendrickson.
There are two more schools releasing this year. Gwinn Middle School will be at the same location along the Dead River at 8:45 a.m. on Friday. Grand Marias School will be at the Sucker River near Grand Marias next Friday at 10 a.m.