Fish Hatchery

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While studying underwater sea creatures, we decided to go on a tour of a local fish hatchery. When we arrived, a truck was being loaded with fish to dump into the local lakes. We saw a crane with a net filled with fish, dripping with excess water. The contents of the net were dumped into the main section of the truck, which was presumably filled with water.

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We saw lots of cement containers filled with fish at different stages of growth. A tour guide even gave us a short lecture, pointing out the stages of a fish by showing us actual fish eggs at different stages of development.

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As we were leaving, we saw a sign outside that showed a map of the fish hatchery. When we were driving away, I realized why people who go fishing need to pay for a fishing license. I thought fish were free, that they lived in lakes and rivers, and that if you were hungry, you could go catch a fish. I had no idea that expensive facilities provided the fish so that people could go fishing.

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6 Responses to “Fish Hatchery”

  1. Very interesting! What a great idea to take them there to learn about it.

  2. Totally taking my Girl Scout troop!

  3. Michael says:

    A lot of hatcheries have to replenish rivers and lakes that are fished out. Teaching folks to catch and release will help conserve what we have left.

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