MHCC Stocks Campus Pond with 2,500 Rainbow Trout
Posted: May 16, 2012
The Fisheries Technology program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will stock the campus pond May 17 with 2,500 rainbow trout. Then, on Family Fishing Day, May 19, youth under age 17 can try their hand at reeling in a big one.
Most of the fish were reared in the MHCC campus hatchery as part of the Fish Husbandry class for the two-year Fisheries Technology associate’s degree. A certain number of fish will be added from other hatcheries.
Each September for at least the past 15 years, MHCC receives fish eggs from a hatchery in Maupin, Ore., and releases 8-inch long “legals” eight months later into the campus pond under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) STEP (Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program) initiative.
Marla Chaney, Fish Technology instructor, says that second-year students are involved with all aspects of the campus hatchery. They incubate the eggs until they hatch in October then place the fish in rearing containers. Students utilize the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to ensure the proper rearing environment and water quality for the fish. They conduct monthly weight and length measurements and project the amount of feed the fish will need in order to reach the goal of eight inches by May 19.
Chaney adds that MHCC is the only college in Oregon where students rear rainbow trout from eggs to legal size and release them as a fishing opportunity for kids in the community. Kids under age 14 participating in the May 19 event do not need a fishing license; youth 14 – 16 are required to have a fishing license.