Palisade High works to open new fish hatchery

Palisade High works to open new fish hatchery
Posted on 09/12/2018
razorback sucker fish

Palisade, CO – Palisade High School hopes to turn a storage building at the school into a fish hatchery with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will provide food, aquatic supplies, and fish for the hatchery.

The hatchery will consist of three, 230-gallon tanks that can each stock approximately 150 endangered fish. Once the fish are big enough to leave the hatchery, they will be released into the nearby Colorado River. 

In addition to increasing the population of endangered species of fish in the Colorado River, the hatchery will offer students in all disciplines a chance to learn in a hands-on way. Students will measure the fish, analyze their habitat and food-to-growth ratios, learn about life cycles, and draw inspiration from the hatchery for writing assignments, to name just a few of the ways the hatchery will be incorporated into curriculum at PHS. 

Students from the Class of 2018 helped raise nearly $1,500 for the hatchery, but Palisade High School science teacher Pat Steele is working to raise a total of $25,000 to complete the project. He will work this year with a few seniors from Palisade’s International Baccalaureate Programme to approach possible funding groups. 

Anyone interested in donating to or learning more about the hatchery can email patrick.steele@d51schools.org.

Photo Credit: U.S. National Park Service

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