A total of 17 students from the Northern Outdoors Studies class at North Hastings Highschool kept busy on Sept. 22 helping NHCFH volunteers transfer lake trout safely from the hatcherry to both Paudash and Limestone Lake.

The students each had an opportunity to experience the work at the hatchery loading the fish into tanks for transport and taking them out into the lake. At Paudash, a pontoon boat was used to take the fish out away from the shore and the students were enthusiastic to assist.

The Hatchery volunteers enjoyed having the young people participate in what is the culmination of everyone’s effort over the past months. These trout had intially had health challenges and samples were sent away to various labs to confirm the problem. At the end of the day, the trout recovered and testing showed they were healthy for stocking in local lakes.

This is a happy ending to a story that has been several months in the making. Thanks to the volunteers, the students who have been coming out weekly to clean the tanks, to the owner of the pontoon boat and to the Haliburton fish hatchery for the use of its large tank for the day.