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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Coleman National Fish Hatchery


















Friday my route extended all the way to the Coleman Fish Hatchery in Anderson, CA. Coleman National Fish Hatchery is the largest salmon hatchery in the contiguous 48 US states. Imagine feeding 842 metric tons of fish food per year! The Coleman NFH was established in 1942 to mitigate the loss of natural salmon spawning grounds as a result of the construction of Shasta and Keswick Dams. The two major species the hatchery raises are Chinook and Steelhead. The hatchery needed a counter that was passive and could count fish upstream and downstream. Their counter spends part of the year installed in a fish ladder on Battlecreek. The hatchery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until dusk.

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