El Portal students release salmon in the Merced River

Students from El Portal Elementary watch as salmon enter the Merced River. Submitted photosAfter two months of caring for 90 Chinook salmon in Paul Amstutz’ science classroom, El Portal Elementary students released 84 surviving “fry” to swim free.
These 1 inch baby fish must now negotiate a gauntlet of predators, fishermen and a maze of waterways to get through the delta and San Francisco Bay on their way to the ocean. After two to four years of fattening up in the Pacific, a few of these surviv...

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