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New York salmon net pen-rearing project enters third year on Lake Champlain

New York's experimental pen-rearing program is now in its third year on the Saranac River near where it enters Lake Champlain, in Plattsburgh, and DEC expects to have migration data in the fall. (Photo by Rich Redman)
The dozens of volunteers who gathered with fisheries biologists in mid-April near where the Saranac River meets Lake Champlain were part of an experiment that could lead to much better Atlantic salmon fishing in the big lake. They installed six metal enclosures in the Saranac near its mouth at the lake to serve as holding pens for young salmon, hoping that spending three weeks in the water there will result in the salmon returning to spawn when they mature in two to three years.
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