At the Downeast Salmon Federation's East Machias Aquatic Research Center, October is a busy time of year. It's during this time that we stock every fish we have in our hatchery, this year that number was 200,000.
The salmon are weighed in small batches to get an average weight of our fish, which typically ranges between 4 and 10 grams. That number is then used to figure out how many of our fish are in a pound. Trucks with specialized plastic tanks containing air stones and water recirculators are then filled with river water and loaded with our salmon. We then drive to many different locations throughout the entire East Machias River Watershed, stocking the salmon into all of the available salmon habitat.
Sometimes we are able to drive right up to a stocking location. Many other times though it requires loading the salmon in coolers that are situated in an Old Town Canoe and paddling/motoring to the habitat location. Without the rugged Old Town Canoes this could not be accomplished. Thank you!
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