By NATALIE SANDROCK
Contributions by HUNTER REDFIELD and AVA FISCHER
Students in Cranberry’s Envirothon class went on their annual trip to help the Fish and Boat Commission collect steelhead trout on Dec. 9 at Trout Run.
Students got to help catch and vaccinate the steelhead.
On this trip, students have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the conservation of steelhead trout.
In the words of Lauri Piercy, the teacher who runs the Envirothon class, students “learn about habitat quality” and the importance of conservation.
The collection is done by the PA Fish and Boat Commission to help with population control and disease prevention.
The fish are collected and then taken to a hatchery where they will be kept for about one week.
Once their time in the hatchery is up, the fish are milked because they can not reproduce on their own. Through this, the steelhead population stays regulated. After this process, the adult fish are released.
The young fish that result from this are also released once they are old enough to ensure the survival of the species.
Natalie Sandrock, Hunter Redfield and Ava Fischer are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.