C.C. McLean students once again raising fish in class

The Grade 4/5 class at Charles C. McLean Public School in Gore Bay are raising Chinook salmon eggs in their class aquarium again this year. photo by Tom Sasvari

GORE BAY—The Grade 4/5 class at Charles C. McLean Public School in Gore Bay are raising fish again this winter with eggs provided by the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club.

“They are now starting to look like fish,” stated Heather Jefkins, Grade 4/5 class teacher, as the fish were being fed in the aquarium set up in the classroom.

“The first hatch we had arrived on the last day of 2015, and we released them last spring,” said Ms. Jefkins. She explained that on October 11, Gore Bay Fish and Game Club (GBFGC) members Ches Witty and Ian Anderson brought in 191 Chinook salmon eggs for the class to raise.

“When the eggs arrived they (fish) at first looked like kernels of corn with see-through bodies. The fish are just now learning how to eat,” said Ms. Jefkins, noting that the previous week’s feeding was the first for the fish.

The GBFGC has provided food for the fish to be fed. “If everything goes right the fish will be ready to go and be stocked, probably in mid-April,” added Ms. Jefkins.