Volunteer Net Pen rearing Pink Salmon Smolts and WHY?
It seems that what goes around always comes around! At recent meetings with DFO ,Private interests, and FFSBC(a first) there is afoot once again plans to enhance the SaltWater beach fisheries along the East Side of Vancouver Island and I would suppose this will spread to other sectors along our populated coastlines. The Idea is fabulous in context and is actually simple. Net Pen rearing of Pink Salmon smolts in easy to manitain sites for periods of about 30 days only. These smolts will quadruple in size to about a Gram and their open ocean survival will radiate these same figures. My alarm bells are going off..is this not what we did after the Coho Callapse in the mid-Nineties??? Where were the commercial intersts then and where are they now? Were we not promised there would be no Commercial targeting of Coho ? And where were the off work Commercial fishers when all this volunteer work was being done?
If we, as volunteers help to re-populate coastal Rivers with historic runs of Pink Salmon, what we really need to know is the whole story ! Will DFO and Commercial interests once again rip us off?
Net pen status for Pink Salmon rearing
8) Good to have a reply to this very important subject...several years ago there was a small movement afoot to do some net pen rearing of Pink Salmon in the Victoria area > that thrust seemed to get rolled over in the push to enhance GoldStream for other species including of all things Steelhead,Cutties and of course Chum(chum won out). Now all you mainlanders pay attention to this..there is going to be a world class fishery on the east coast of the Island again and we need to make sure that there are as many fly fishers involved as possible. The salt water beach fishery is truely spectacular and can be enjoyed by the entire family!
If there is any common ground in all this it comes in the realization that the greater the abundance of decaying fish in our streams and along the shorelines the healthier the entire eco-system becomes. certain agencies and groups are prepared to do the leg work and maintain these pens..usually willing volunteer groups like the Nile Creek Enhancement Society ,Oyster River Salmonid Enhancement Society, the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society to name a few. A good contact to get the accurate info' would be from Mr. Frank Dalziel.. At Malasapina College in Nanaimo"[email protected]"...he works close with DFO ,FFSBC,and the volunteer groups along the East Coast of the Island. DC Reid also did a bit of leg work on this in the Victoria area...and if you need any other info please contact me