The 8 employees at the salmon barrier are presently employed for 18 to 20 weeks per year. Their job is to collect and record all data pertaining to Atlantic Salmon such as: gender, length, how many travel by day, how many travel by night, and their overall health. The employees also guard the salmon holding pool to prevent any illegal fishing activities at the barrier.
The employees also feed and care for up to 3,000 fry, (the name for baby salmon) which are hatched at the nearby Charlo Salmon hatchery. A holding tank at the Jacquet River salmon barrier becomes the young salmon’s nursery. They release the young salmon in late fall after clipping an identification fin. Finally, the employees open the barrier, releasing the spawn laden salmon to complete their journey up the Jacquet River.