Courtenay Fish and Game celebrate 75 years

The Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association looks forward to ringing in the new year with its 75th anniversary.

TWO OF ABOUT 20 Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association members prepare to remove eggs from a coho salmon.

TWO OF ABOUT 20 Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association members prepare to remove eggs from a coho salmon.

The Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association looks forward to ringing in the new year with its 75th anniversary.

After moving from several areas over the years, the association finally settled down on approximately 150 acres on Comox Lake. With the hard work of volunteer members and donations from local merchants, it has evolved into a beautiful facility with various activities for its members and guests to take part in.

The heart of the organization is the dedication to conservation and wildlife management.

A coho program on the Trent River has kept many volunteers busy for almost 30 years.

Each year in November, adult coho are caught by club members and transported to a community hatchery where fertilized coho eggs are reared for seven months. Dedicated members monitor the progress of the eggs during this time.

As fed fry, they are transported back to the upper Trent River system to feed and mature for a year, before they make their way downriver to the estuary and then to the open ocean, where they will spend another year and a half before returning to the Trent River to spawn.

When Courtenay and District Fish and Game commenced the program, the run was down to a few dozen fish. By the third year, the run size had improved to several hundred adults and it has remained at that level ever since.

— Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association