Students’ semester-long project ends with fish release

Some Albuquerque students are helping make sure our native species live on in New Mexico. 

Thursday, they released fish back into the Rio Grande after raising them for an entire semester. It’s part of the “Native Fish in the Classroom program.”

Around 700 students across the state care for native New Mexico fish, like red shiners and cutthroat trout, learning why they’re such an important part of our state, and how we need to protect our rivers in order to protect them.

Thursday’s field day was the last step for students at Monte Vista Elementary and Montessori Elementary and Middle School. 

“It’s very heartwarming and encouraging to see young students taking a vested interest in their fish and the well-being of thme, and we hope that translates into them taking care of the river,” biologist Angela Palacios said.

These releses will continue through May 20 involving different schools.

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