|Stacks of Heath style incubators stand like soliders in Dworshak's incubation room.|
At the hatchery, alevin remain in the safety of their Heath trays making a slow but steady transformation from larvae to fry. Newly hatched Chinook have many developmental milestones to reach before they can survive life outdoors. Just after hatching these tiny alevin don’t appear very fish like. Externally their fins will continue developing over the next few weeks and internally their digestive system has yet to form completely.
|Newly hatched Chinook alevin hardly resemble fish...|
|...but in a few months they will look like this!|
|Eyed Chinook eggs with a few newly hatched alevin|