One of the most important steps in the rearing process of our Pink salmon is called “ponding”. This takes place when the alevin have consumed all of their yoke sacks and are ready to swim, and to inflate their air bladder. Once they reach this stage we have to carefully transfer them from the incubation chamber to a floating net in a large outdoor tank. For these fish, this is their first exposure to sunlight, and to the more expansive swimming area in their floating net. And, in a couple of days, they will be fed for the very first time! These fish will be released to the wild very soon, an exciting prospect for them as they enter the global ecosystem and begin their wild life cycle. Hopefully, we’ll see some of them in two years back here in Chapman Creek to spawn.
Bill, our Hatchery Manager, ponded these Pink salmon today.