Wednesday, March 24, 2010

03.24.10 Releasing the "Trout in the Classroom" trout

Today Jersey Shore Trout Unlimited chapter President Duane Lloyd and myself met the third grade class and their teachers from Howell NJ Greenwood School to release their trout in a small tributary of the Manasquan River in Allaire State Park. Along with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Pequest Trout Hatchery, TU chapters distribute the eggs in October and then release them with the kids in late March through May. After a quick walk with the eggs, including dropping the bucket and putting them back in it, the kids lined the bank to watch the release. Duane gave a speech and I had the pleasure of letting them go. The kids oohed and aaahed as the fish swam in a real current for the first time. It was fun, and a lot of credit must be given to the teachers who oversee the program along with Jessica Griglak from the NJDFW.