PROVIDENCE – Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.
“I’m a Fisheries student at the Utah State University and I have children that go to school here,” Coleman said. “I hope by doing this the students can develop a love for fishing.”
The tank was set up about a month ago. A special blend of bacteria and minerals was added for the fish to be able survive. He said the water was set at 55 degrees and is covered with insulation for a time while the fish get big enough the light won’t harm them.
Molly Olson, a teacher at the school, brought her class out in the hall where the aquarium was and let them watch the process.
The Trout in the Classroom is is a joint effort by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Trout Unlimited. The fish eggs were placed in several elementary schools in Cache Valley.
“We will work together to deliver rainbow trout eggs to more than 50 Utah schools participating in Trout Unlimited’s popular Trout in the Classroom program,” said Faith Jolley, public relations officer for the Department of Wildlife Resources. “Each school will receive approximately 150 rainbow trout eggs, provided by the DWR.”
The eggs were placed in 55-gallon tanks so students can observe changes as the eggs develop into young fish. The students will raise the fish and release the trout in Utah waterbodies during field trips in the spring.
Last year, Cache Valley students released their trout into the Wellsville pond, then spent the rest of the morning fishing for lunkers in the community pond. Wellsville Pond is one of Utah’s community urban fisheries.
Trout Unlimited is active in Northern Utah as an American non-profit organization dedicated to the conserving of freshwater streams, rivers, and associated upland habitats for trout, salmon, and other aquatic species. In the process, they have a great impact on people who use the outdoors