Good afternoon all! Once again I am happy to be reaching out about the
Peter Gray Parr Project
. If you remember last month I shared some great news about having more juvenile salmon in the East Machias River then has been observed since the mid-1970's. It is encouraging to see the efforts of the Peter Gray Parr Project paying dividends to the Atlantic salmon population. All of you should be proud, because in one way or another you have all helped build this into what it has become.
February...ah February...the shortest month of the year and dang it went by fast! It has been a cold one here in Downeast Maine, with our river temperatures rarely getting above 1 de
gree Celsius and often hovering just above 0 Celsius. Our beautiful little salmon
are just hanging out in their egg trays. We should start to see them hatching into
If February is any indication I would guess our March might consist of the days Charles Dickens describes as: "
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
To prep for the hatching you can see our
substrate incubation boxes
set up in the hatchery. These are the boxes designed by Peter Gray to allow alevin plenty of space to develop by absorbing their yolk sac. Then in May when the salmon are ready to feed, they have the freedom to swim up and out of the box and into the rearing tank. Exciting times ahead...we'll have salmon swimming in tanks before we know it.
In other news, we are still chipping away on the hatchery expansion. Plumbing is coming along and each item we check of the list puts us one step closer to having more space to raise salmon!
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