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Another Salmon Egg Collection Set For Monday At Strawberry Creek

 

Another round of salmon egg collection is scheduled for Monday at the Strawberry Creek Salmon Spawning Facility in Sturgeon Bay.

DNR Fisheries Biologist Nick Legler says their first collection took place Thursday with nearly 500 fish making it into the pond and crews collecting more than 300,000 eggs.

Legler says the low water level has made things a bit more challenging than in years past.

To temporarily boost water levels, Legler says water is pumped from the bay through a pipeline and dumped upstream of the facility. The water then flows down through the pond and through the river and back out into the bay. 

He says Monday's collection should start around 9 or 10 a.m. and last at least a couple of hours. The public is invited to stop by the facility to see how things work.

Overall, Legler says the collection period usually lasts three to four weeks.

"We like to collect fish from throughout the entire run -- both early and late -- so we can maintain those different genetics that each of the fish has," says Legler.

The Strawberry Creek Facility is about a mile east of County Hwy U on Strawberry Lane.

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