Misawa plunges into bilateral salmon release

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Children peer at a baby salmon at the Oirase Salmon Park, Japan, March 19, 2016. Salmon take approximately two to three years to grow up, spend another couple years in the ocean and then return to their home to lay eggs. Members of the local Japanese and Misawa Air Base communities attended the event to release the fish into the Oirase River, helping them carry out their life cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter)
Children peer at a baby salmon at the Oirase Salmon Park, Japan, March 19, 2016. Salmon take approximately two to three years to grow up, spend another couple years in the ocean and then return to their home to lay eggs. Members of the local Japanese and Misawa Air Base communities attended the event to release the fish into the Oirase River, helping them carry out their life cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter)

Misawa plunges into bilateral salmon release

by: Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | .
Misawa Air Base | .
published: March 26, 2016

OIRASE TOWN, Japan -- A plethora of young children trickled into the misty park for the 19th Annual Baby Salmon Release at Oirase Salmon Park, Japan, March 19.

Misawa Air Base community members partnered with local Japanese citizens to release more than 400,000 young fish into the Oirase River to grow, breed and return for the annual Rokkasho Salmon Festival in the fall.

On average, salmon spend three to five years in the ocean where they mature and then return to their home to reproduce.

It is a local tradition in Oirase Town to assist these fish in carrying out their life cycle, and that custom is shared with the base each year.

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