Hi Italo, I heard of people collecting salmon and steelheads loose eggs by putting small pressure on their belly, then releasing them still with the majority off eggs left. Is this dangerous or could cause harm to the fish.Thanks

Posted on March 4th, 2016

Hi Matthew, when female salmon, steelhead and migratory brown trout are ready to lay their eggs the eggs flow freely out of them. It is a common practice in fish hatcheries for technicians to gently hold a female fish and collect eggs from them as well as milt from male fish to fertilize them. The technicians are skilled at doing this very carefully with minimal harm to fish.

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I think holding a fish out of the water in almost a vertical position, putting pressure on the spine and forcing eggs out is not good for the fish if the people doing this plan on releasing them.

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