Spotlight on Sakinaw salmon recovery

The Pender Harbour Wildlife Society presents guest speakers Dave Davies, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada community advisor for the lower Sunshine Coast, and fisheries biologist Jim Wilson on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Pender Harbour Secondary School on Highway 101. 

They will be presenting an update on the recent sockeye recovery program that includes smolt and adult counts, research, limiting factors and results as part of the overall recovery strategy.

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The Sakinaw Lake Sockeye Recovery Strategy is a partnership between the shishálh Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada with assistance from the Sakinaw Lake Residents Association. The Sakinaw Lake sockeye population was designated as endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada in 2002 and again in 2006. This designation has resulted in the recovery strategy, which includes a captive breeding program with sockeye fry released into the lake each year. 

This is a free event and all are welcome. There will be a raffle and refreshments and an Ida Priest painting as a special prize draw in honour of the society’s 40th year.

For more information, visit www.penderharbourwildlife.com.

– Submitted by Carole Logtenberg

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