Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Local News

Replenishing Rivers

Over 120,000 hatchery steelhead smolts released

Released by Heather Leary, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC 


Steelhead are released into the Chilliwack River this week. Photos by Rod Hsu.


ver the course of three days this week, in excess of 120,000 winter steelhead smolts were released into the Chilliwack and Vedder River.


The fish, which were raised at the Chilliwack River Hatchery, will be transported by specialized truck to each of the riverside locations.

The smolts will make their way downstream and out to the ocean where they will spend two to three years before returning to the river to spawn and be caught by winter anglers.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, funded largely through freshwater fishing licence revenues.


The Society works in partnership with Provincial fisheries managers to deliver fish stocking programs that support 50 percent of all fishing in B.C. lakes, releasing between six and eight million fish annually. It also operates fish culture services for sturgeon recovery programs, and various initiatives to increase angling participation.


Through these programs, the Society is working to ensure that BC has the most accessible, enjoyable and sustainable freshwater fishing in North America.



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