Chinook Salmon Planted Today

April 29, 2013

Chinook salmon smolts are being released into the Grand River today.  The Grand Haven and Grand Rapids Steelhead organizations in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources release the young fish at a certain stage in their development so they will imprint on the place where they were released.  Normally the young fish are held in pens for a while, but due to the pollution in the river, they will not be held in pens in the river but released where they can swim out into Lake Michigan.

Some will be lost to predators such as sea gulls and diving ducks.  But hopefully, the Chinook will return to the river as full grown Chinook salmon ready to breed and start a new generation.

Read about how and why Pacific salmon were planted in the Great Lakes in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes.  Image

This book is available on, Barnes & Noble and the Kindle reader.



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