The CHS Science Department under the direction of Benn Gawitt, Biology teacher, are raising fish for release in the Farmington River this year.
Students in the SEARCH Club worked in the fall to clean and maintain the equipment for this project provided by the Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited. Equipment includes a 55 gallon tank, water chiller and various chemicals and tests to maintain the necessary aquatic fish adapted to a freshwater environment.
In early January approximately 120 eggs from the Connecticut State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (D.E.E.P.) and secured by Trout Unlimited for school programs was introduced to the tank. The eggs hatched into alevins after three weeks in a small holding bin within the set up. Just this last week the small fry were released into the full tank for continued growth and development.
Students in Mr. Gawitt’s classes, other interested science students, and the SEARCH Club have all played a role in maintaining and learning about this project. The plan is to release the fish into a local brook in People’s State forest when they have matured to a viable size for success in late April.
Carl Swanson, Chairman of Trout in the Classroom & Education, has been instrumental in this year’s project with continuous support and advice on tank protocols. He will join the CHS science students in April on release day which will also explore the macroinvertebrates at People’s State Forest.
This year, the Farmington Valley chapter is offering a $1000 cash scholarship to students that were involved in the program. For more information on the scholarship visit http://fvtu.org/. The deadline to apply is March 15th, 2019.