Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:53 PM
It sucks my work has gone into Mandatory Weekend Overtime into December as thus sounds cool. I so wish I could go.
Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:05 AM
It was over two hours to get their (Tuftonboro was sort of out of the way) but it was worth it.
When I arrived Fish and Wildlife officers were in the cement channel that ran alongside the dam. They were picking up salmon, handing them over to get the eggs and milt, and placing a few back into the water between two wooden slots instead of getting eggs from them. (not sure why).
The salmon were placed into this mesh container before the eggs were harvested. I am not sure why. Kids volunteered to give the salmon to the officers and to return them to the water,
Eggs were placed into white bins.
Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:17 AM
I also met Clay from Fish Nerds, I got a hat from him and he interviewed me on fishing and sampling,
He showed me a photo in that shed taken by a scuba diver in lake Winnepasaukee (where the salmon stream flowed into). Someone captured a photo of a lake whitefish, the first seen in that lake in over 15 years.
I noticed egg collecting was very stressful on the salmon. One lied on the bottom belly up after release. (later it was gone, not sure if it recovered or was removed) and they kept getting hung up on branches after release as if they had trouble avoiding and escaping from obstacles. I wonder if their is a less intrusive way of egg collecting.
A snorkler in the river said it he saw spawning brook trout. I asked if they could hybridize with salmon like they can with brown trout and learned that only 2 percent of all brook/brown hybrids are viable, and though closely related to the brown, the atlantic salmon is far enough away from the brook trout to have never produced viable offspring with them.
On leaving I seen another fish related thing that got me a chuckle. Many places around Winnepasaukee are named for a lake or aquatic creatures. (plenty of lakeside and lakeshore businesses, bay gull bagels, etc.) However I got a chuckle from a place called Lamprey Real Estate. That must either be a business unaware of the names meaning or the worlds most honest business, not sure which.
I will leave you with a few more photos from the event (including ones of salmon held up to be photographed).
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