Learning about wild Atlantic salmon and other fish species in our rivers and seas is fundamental to caring for them. Fish Friends, a component of the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Education Program, is made available to students in more than 700 schools across the region. The Federation believes it is essential that tomorrow’s adults to care enough never to poach, pollute waters or destroy habitat.
Focusing on environmental sustainability, the Fish Friends program covers habitat, biodiversity, life cycles, change over time, adaptation to change, freshwater ecology, sustainability and stewardship. Based largely on science, this popular program also integrates social studies, language arts, math and art. Observation, measurement, communications, prediction, numeracy, and interpretation of data skills are also reflected in the program.
Through Fish Friends, students raise Atlantic salmon – from eggs to fry — in their classrooms over a five-month period before releasing them into an Island river as part of a field trip. In 2013, eight Island schools participated in Fish Friends and more have expressed an interest in the program moving forward.
As part of its strong commitment to support conservation and enhancement of fish stocks on the Island, the Abegweit Biodiversity Enhancement Hatchery supplies the eggs for this popular program.