Three adolescents at the Portage rehabilitation centre in Saint-Malachie will be participating in a project to help seed and grow Atlantic salmon in the picturesque Etchemin River, which passes right next to the Portage centre grounds in the Bellechasse region of Québec. To do this, the three residents became part of the Etchemin River Safeguarding Group on February 25th.
There are presently three hundred embryonic eggs being grown in a special culture tank at Portage Saint-Malachie. The participating residents will supervise the eggs’ progress until the springtime, when they will have grown into full-fledged minnows. They will then be released into the river, next to the centre.
Saint-Malachie’s three budding biologists will complete this project by participating in a guided initiation to sport fishing session in a salmon river. They are all very excited to have the chance to participate in such a unique and educational experience.