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On June 4, The Oromocto River Watershed Association, along with The Town of Oromocto, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Canadian Rivers Institute, staff from DFO’s Mactaquac Biodiversity Centre, and students with the Base Gagetown Environmental Services welcomed and hosted 280 students engaged in the Fish Friends Program at Oromocto’s Gateway Wetland and Visitor Information Centre and Trails.  Students from Sunbury West, Lincoln Elelmentary, Ècole Communitaire Arc-en-ciel, and Gesner Street Elementary Schools were introduced to waterfowl and wetland conservation, fisheries biology, and the importance of recycling and reuse.  The students were also given the opportunity to release salmon fry, many of which they had raised themselves in their classroom facilities, to the Oromocto Watershed. 

The New Brunswick Salmon Council’s Fish Friends Program targets the development of future stewards for the preservation, conservation, and recovery of New Brunswick’s Atlantic salmon.  The program is delivered in over 60 schools across the province by our affiliates and a dedicated group of volunteers and teachers.  Through a standardized curriculum and hands on experience the program teaches New Brunswick youth about the life history of Atlantic salmon and the importance of the habitats on which they depend.  Participating schools hatch salmon eggs in the classroom and stock the resulting alevins into their natal watersheds.

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