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Ann St. Amand, president of PhycoTech, hands a cup filled with water and a small Chinook salmon to eighth grader Emma Riethmeier on Tuesday at Flaherty Park in Watervliet.

WATERVLIET — After raising them from eggs since last semester, Upton Middle School students released their fish into the wild Tuesday.

Braving the rain, Upton eighth graders introduced Chinook salmon they had raised to Mill Creek in Flaherty Park on Tuesday morning. The other half of the class will release their fish Thursday.

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Denise Clark and Ann St. Amand, of PhycoTech, scoop up Chinook salmon in cups Tuesday morning at Flaherty Park in Watervliet.

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Ann St. Amand, president of PhycoTech, helps eighth grader Adalyn Kasuba choose a rock to inspect algae Tuesday morning under a Flaherty Park pavilion in Watervliet.

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Ann St. Amand, president of PhycoTech, shows Upton Middle School students how to release Chinook salmon into the river on Tuesday morning at Flaherty Park in Watervliet.

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Zhi Bell, an eighth grader at Upton Middle School, is handed a cup with a Chinook salmon Tuesday morning at Flaherty Park in Watervliet.

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