CADILLAC — On Wednesday, May 15, members of the Agriscience and Natural Resources program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center traveled to the Little Manistee Weir in Stronach to release a total of 108 Chinook salmon.
The class received the salmon eggs in early November 2018 and watched them through their development from hatching. The fish averaged 3.5 inches long at release and can grow more than 30 pounds in Lake Michigan. Typically, Chinook salmon are between three and four years old when they return to the rivers to spawn and die.
The Agriscience and Natural Resources program has participated in the “Salmon in the Classroom‘ program with Michigan DNR for the past 10 years.
“This is an important program for our students,‘ said instructor Mark Johnson. “Students in any natural resources program in this state should know the history and life cycle of salmon in the Great Lakes and what they mean for our economy.‘