This is easy - every year you need to apply for a new permit. The application form has changed a bit this year. Fill this out and submit either to your sponsor or to CDFW at the address listed on the back. Most sponsors want to help teachers by collecting and tracking the permits.
Teachers are always welcome to attend a training workshop as a refresher (usually at no cost), however, this is not required. As long as you have hatched fish within the past 3 years and complied with all the terms of your permit (including returning it at the end of the season) you do not need to be retrained.
Rainbow Trout eggs are scheduled for delivery the week of February 23rd, 2015. If you allow about one week incubation in the classroom, the eggs should hatch around March 1st. We recommend release 4-5 weeks after hatch (the week of March 30th or April 6th) and you must release no longer than 6 weeks after hatch.
Steelhead eggs pick-up dates from Warm Springs Hatchery are posted on the website. We recommend release 4-5 weeks afterwards and you must release no longer than 6 weeks after hatch.
Steelhead eggs from MBSTEP are less predictable and we do not know those dates at this time.
We are fortunate in the Bay Area to be able to provide steelhead and rainbow trout eggs to schools, depending on where the school is located. It is important to remember that all teachers in the Bay Area hatch trout – steelhead are anadromous and go the ocean while rainbow are the same fish but remain in lakes.
Teachers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties receive a strain of locally spawned steelhead that can be released into local streams (but NOT lakes).
Teachers in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County are given a strain of steelhead eggs from the San Lorenzo River system and these fish must ONLY be released into this watershed (thus the reason Santa Clara teachers must haul their eggs over the hill and are not able to release locally).
Teachers in most of the Bay Area receive a common strain of rainbow trout that can be released into most (but not all) lakes. These fish CANNOT be released into local streams.
All fish much be released in accordance with your 772 permit – there are no exceptions.
Yes – we have created a new packet full of great info and ideas for you. These will be distributed to teachers through your sponsor. Be sure to ask!
Again, these will be distributed through your sponsor. Ed Huff (the same person who created the posters and multi-media shows) worked with CDFW staff to create a really fun educational activity for students. Students move their fish around the board in a race to the redd.
The drought played havoc with classes that hatch steelhead last year. We were unable to provide steelhead eggs for teachers that normally receive them from the MBSTEP program (Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties) or from Warm Springs Hatchery (Sonoma and Mendocino Counties).
Most teachers in the Warm Springs program opted to hatch and release rainbow trout as an alternative and this worked out well. Teachers in the MBSTEP program were not given the option of rainbow trout, so they sat the year out.
While I hope steelhead eggs will be available this year, I will again make a contingency plan to provide rainbow trout eggs for all teachers.
Some of the training workshops for this year are already full but there are some spaces open in select areas. Here are some links:
There are tons of great materials, curriculum, lists of books and other resources available for you on our website and on the TIC Blog.
www.classroomaquarium.org is a mirror site that redirects you to www.wildlife.ca.gov/caep. Both links take you to the same place. Unfortunately www.classroomaquarium.org was hacked and while the site is clean, some computers with certain browsers receive a warning and we have been unable to determine the cause of the warning. You may use either link as they both go to the same place. We are still working on solving the problem and thank you for your patience.
The easiest way is to “like” the TIC Facebook page – this keeps you in touch with other teachers and coaches. Sometimes if you have a question or problem, this is the fastest way to get a response.