by Julie Goldberg, The Alpena News

ALPENA — Besser Elementary School fifth-graders are learning all about salmon.

Teacher Allison Hartmeyer’s classroom is participating in Salmon in the Classroom, a yearlong program in which teachers receive fertilized salmon eggs from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“We get about 150 eggs to start with,” Hartmeyer said. “We are raising them in the classroom, because they can handle an adapted environment.”

The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and the Bay Watershed Education and Training Program helped Hartmeyer get the eggs, fish tank, and needed equipment. This is the third year Hartmeyer has had salmon in her classroom.

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