CLASS OF 2015 – Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger dons academic regalia to sweep some of the 40,000 Atlantic salmon released into the St. Mary’s river in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on June 2. This 1,718-gallon tank — one of six involved in the release — held about 5,000 fingerlings that were collected as eggs in the fall of 2013.
LSSU students, staff and alums joined city officials and regional media to witness the event at the university’s riverfront Aquatic Research Laboratory. Along with a variety of Great Lakes research projects conducted with many partners, the LSSU lab has worked with the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources every year since 1987 to raise Atlantic salmon, which are caught by anglers in nearly all of the Great Lakes.
Assisting Pleger from left to right is Jayne Meinhard (blue plaid), Cliff Pattinson (black shirt), and Kaleb Baughman. Meinhard — who hails from Romeo, Mich. — is a 2015 fisheries and wildlife management graduate that now works at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources field station in Sault Ste. Marie. Pattinson (from Marshall, Mich.) and Baughman (South Boardman, Mich.) are fisheries and wildlife management majors working for the lab this summer.
Run a Web search on “LSSU ARL” to read more about the lab and LSSU’s plans for a new Center for Freshwater Research and Education.