Salut! Meet Edouard Sellier, a French engineering student who recently spent the summer at Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Warm Springs, Oregon. Today’s Multilingual Monday has been translated from French and follows him on his summer journey in the “American West.”
Currently, I am in engineering school at ISA Lille and this summer I had a chance to be an assistant engineer. So I turned to an area that interested me greatly: fish propagation. Luckily, I was able to find an internship at Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, and that is where the adventure began!
Photo: A photo I took upon arriving at Warm Springs reservation.
Everything is exotic for a young Frenchman landing on a Native American reservation. Just looking around one can see the scenery change from arid landscape to snowy mountains. I was greeted by Mary Bayer, project leader for fish propagation. I quickly discovered how things work at the hatchery following Joe, Kevin and Dan in their daily work.
Photo: Edouard works with staff to learn the ropes of fish propagation and hatchery engineering.
Fish raised on the site are magnificent salmon called “Chinook”. My task here was to test an anti-algae produced in grow-out ponds. This require calculating the tank volume measures, planning treatment, and observing the algal evolution in the pond at a microscopic level.
But the most surprising experience comes with spawning salmon. First, in the morning we go into a pool where the temperature is between 5 and 10 ° C, a good way to get into shape for the rest of the day! Then, it’s time to reach into the water to catch fish and sort them to see if they are ready to to breed or not. You learn quickly if the fish is « ripe » and ready to spawn or not.
Another stage of salmon propagation at the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery is the vaccination of salmon. This year it was done under special conditions and the fish are vaccinated on a table in the middle of the mond. Again, we got to go fishing for salmon, which was a good experience!
Of course my two months in Warm Springs are not confined to only a few days of vaccination and salmon breeding. I had the chance to meet generous people always willing to help me discover what this job is all about. I had a summer full of growth in the American West!
Check out our new Conservation Language in Any Language blog to read Edouard’s story in French!