Another rainy day in coastal Oregon.
The forecast is promising sunny days soon!
Today we met up with the manager of the hatchery, Bob.
He went over some of our duties, and we got to know him better,
and he learned more about us.
George and I shadowed him as he went through his daily duties.
Call me umm..uninformed (?) but I thought that a fish hatchery's purpose was to raise and study fish.
Well, knock me over with a feather :-)
Not being a hunter/fisher/gatherer, I never knew that fish were raised for the sole purpose
of catching and eating them!
Now, wouldn't it just be easier to come up and throw your line straight into the ponds at the hatchery?
I guess it would take all the sport out of it :-)
Although the bulk of our duties are to mow, keep the landscaping looking nice,
and do weekly cleaning of the office area,
we do get to help with the hatchery process.
This hatchery raises winter & summer steelhead, Chinook, and Rainbow Trout.
I won't go into the whole process detail, but it takes approximately 1 year from egg to release.
|George feeding the trout.|
We spent the whole day learning the process in a nutshell.
Bob took us on a tour of the grounds, including where the
Cedar creek feeds all the water in the various ponds.
At the end of the day, I weeded our flower bed on our site..
there are tons of flower bulbs coming up around the property.
It should all look lovely very soon.
It should be a great summer!