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Salmon Unlimited Volunteers Help Track Success of Jack Wolf Fish Hatchery [VIDEO]

It takes a lot of work to stock fish in the Great Lakes, and hatcheries want to know if their efforts are working.

At the Jack Wolf Fish Hatchery in Illinois, a group of volunteers from Salmon Unlimited spend a day or two clipping fins to make sure they can track the success of stocked fish.

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The following video from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources gives just a taste of what the volunteers do.

 

For the past 30 years, 30 to 35 volunteers from Salmon Unlimited have been a time-saver for hatchery staff. It would take them over week to do what the volunteers do in a day.

That’s 16 hours, hands stuck in 54 degree water, clipping fins to help track the fish. It’s a labor of love so that officials have the information they need to keep track of the health and population of the fish they stock.

 

Salmon Unlimited Volunteers Help Track Success of Jack Wolf Fish Hatchery [VIDEO]