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Learn About the Salmon Life Cycle at Salmon Sunday

CONCORD, N.H. – Come explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s annual “Salmon Sunday” at Pope Dam in Melvin Village on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro, NH.

During the event, fisheries biologists will harvest eggs and milt from adult salmon. Standing knee-deep in the cold water of the Melvin River, scientists expertly relieve the colorful adult female salmon of their eggs by stroking their stomachs. Milt from the male fish is obtained in the same way, and mixed with the gold-colored eggs to fertilize them.

Underwater photographer Bob Michelson, of Braintree, Massachusetts, will be at the event displaying images depicting the complete underwater life history of Atlantic salmon. Michelson will be available to answer questions about his observations of this species in the wild, as well as SCUBA diving and underwater photography. Michelson has been a certified SCUBA diver and underwater photographer for 37 years. His work has been published in local, regional and national magazines and newspapers, and his video footage and programming have aired on national broadcast and cable networks. Michelson has generously donated many of his fish collection images to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for use on their website for education/outreach efforts.

Salmon used for the stripping demonstration are netted from Lake Winnipesaukee during October and early November. They are returned to the lake after their eggs and milt have been collected. The fertilized eggs are taken to Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham, where they will hatch in three to four months. The salmon are raised in the hatchery for about 18 months, then stocked into Lake Winnipesaukee and other New Hampshire lakes. This activity is all part of the work the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department carries out each year, with support from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program, to maintain the landlocked salmon population in New Hampshire’s big lakes.

Salmon Sunday is a “rain or shine” event (except the Bob Michelson photo display). Dress warmly. For more information, call (603) 744-5470.