From the Times Union, 04/30/16 — After a quarter-century of hatching and raising a strain of high-value fish, Cobleskill researchers are zeroing in on a hybrid breed that captures key characteristics from its parents – Arctic char, an attractive and light variety that struggles to breed in the region, and the brook trout, a freshwater fish native to the state.

The pairing responds to high demand for Arctic char, which is often shipped from hatcheries in Iceland, Canada and Norway. There, cooler temperatures in the fall ease breeding for the fish, whose flavor, fish experts say, is a mix of salmon and trout.

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