The Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society (SCSES) released 365,000 pink salmon fry into coastal waters in mid-April. A total of 115,000 were released into the harbour at Gibsons Marina, and 250,000 into the marina at Stalashen.
The fry were acclimatized in net pens for three weeks prior to release. The pink fry are all the offspring of the strong 2013 run, and should return to coastal waters in the fall of 2015.
The Town of Gibsons and the District of Sechelt as well as the Sunshine Coast Regional District provided support for the activities of the Society. The Sechelt Indian Band provided 250,000 pink salmon eggs for this year’s release, as well as netting for use at Stalashen.
Each year the Society releases upwards of a million salmon into coastal waters that have been incubated and raised at its Chapman Creek Hatchery prior to release.
The work of the SCSES is supported by contributions from individuals and businesses throughout the Sunshine Coast, and by the work of a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute their time to the operation of the hatchery.
For more information about the SCSES, or to volunteer at the hatchery, call 604-885-4136 or see www.scsalmon.org.
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