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Young Atlantic Salmon
Young Atlantic Salmon
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Title: Young Atlantic Salmon


These two-day old Atlantic salmon were hatched at the USGS Tunison Lab and will eventually be released in Lake Ontario tributaries.

A new, sophisticated fish rearing facility in Cortland, N.Y. will help restore Atlantic salmon, bloater, and lake herring to Lake Ontario, strengthening the local ecosystem and economy.

To restore the population, young Atlantic salmon are reared at the USGS Tunison Laboratory of Aquaitic Science and released in Lake Ontario tributaries. The new USGS water treatment facility will use ultraviolet disinfection to prevent any possible spread of disease, permitting wild fish and eggs to be held and disease-free fish to be reared for restoration release. 

Historically, the Lake Ontario population of Atlantic salmon represented the largest freshwater population of salmon in the world. However, they were eliminated over a century as a result of overfishing and loss of spawning habitat from dam construction.

Location: Cortland, NY, USA

Date Taken: January 11, 2012

Photographer: Marisa Lubeck
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Photographer Organization: U.S. Geological Survey

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File Details:
Type: JPEG image - 1.53 MB
Dimensions: 1936 x 1296
Resolution: 300 dpi

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