Salmon in Schools Program
The Salmon in Schools Program is conducted by the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery Outreach Coordinator, a position now held by Mr. Peter Steenstra. This program includes 200 schools in Maine primarily located in the vicinity of Maine Atlantic salmon rivers. Each participating grade is given a refrigerated incubator and the school then receives salmon eggs from the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to be raised throughout the Winter. In the Spring, when the eggs have developed into fry, the fry are released by the students into the Atlantic salmons' home river. A wide range of environmental and sportsmen groups as well as the Friends of Craig Brook group participate in this effort. Fish Friends of Maine, the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and numerous elementary school teachers devote their time and energy to this very popular Atlantic salmon education program.