Trials of the king fish at Chardstock

Chard & Ilminster News: OAK class pupils with John Hickey of Westcountry Rivers Trust. OAK class pupils with John Hickey of Westcountry Rivers Trust.

CHILDREN at St Andrew’s Primary School will be able to watch salmon eggs hatch into tiny fish in their own classroom.

It is all part of a project on the life-cycle of the Atlantic salmon in conjunction with the Axe Vale Rivers Association, Westcountry Rivers Trust and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A tank of 100 eggs lying on gravel will be cooled and aerated in the main classroom for about a month.

Children can watch the eggs hatch and when the fry are ready will help release them into their local river.

They will also learn about how salmon migrate from rivers out into the Atlantic, feed at sea all the way from Norwegian waters to Greenland, then return as mature fish to breed at the headwaters of local rivers such as the Kit and Axe.

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