MtA lab transformed into brook trout hatchery, researchers release excess fish into stocked lake


Mount Allison University’s Harold Crabtree Aqualab: Centre for Aquatic Sciences recently transformed some of its space into a brook trout hatchery. MtA Technician Shelley LeBlanc spawned two batches of brook trout eggs to provide fish for research and had a better success and survival rate than expected. “We quickly realized that we were going to have more fish than we needed in the Aqualab,” said LeBlanc. After realizing that the lab would need to find homes for all of the fish, LeBlanc obtained the necessary permits and health testing for the release of the fish, before releasing them into Silver Lake. In future years, the lab may release excess fish into rivers that would benefit from a population resurgence.