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Students Tour Hatchery

Region 3, September 14, 2012

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery recently hosted a tour of its facility to students from the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan. The students are part of a three week summer program between Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. and the University of Shiga Prefecture. LSSU provides Shiga Perfecture's undergraduate students field experience in Environmental Science. USP wishes to avail its students of the opportunity to obtain experience in the Lake Superior watershed and adjacent areas.


The tour was conducted by Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery's biological science technician Randy Obermiller.

Accompanying the students were LSSU facility members Dr. Ashley Moerke, Associate Professor of Biology and Roger Greil, Aquatic Research Lab Manager.

The students toured the hatchery's raceway building which houses lake trout fingerlings. Although the coded-wire-tagging of Pendills Creek fingerlings had been completed the previous day, a mass marking trailer was still on site for the students to walk through. Inside the trailer, students were shown how the fingerlings are processed and receive a code-wire-tag and an adipose fin clip identifying them as a hatchery raised fish. The group also viewed the hatchery's water filtration systems including the traveling screen and drum filtration systems .

The tour group comprised both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in several fields of study including Ecosystem Studies in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Planning in Environmental Science, Regional Studies in Human Science, Design and Architecture in Environmental Science, Human Relations in Human Culture, Food Science and Nutrition, and Mechanical Systems Engineering.

The Japanese students were also involved in many cultural activities while in the U.S. The students will receive academic credits for participating in this three week short term study abroad program.

The students had many questions and it was a pleasure to take the time to answer those questions and show them our facility.

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery, founded in 1951, is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near Brimley, MI. on Lake Superior. The facilty rears yearling lake trout to be released as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Program. Hatchery production includes 1,000,000 fish released into Lake Michigan each Spring.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov