Donations aid fish hatcheries

Two salmon enhancement hatcheries on Vancouver Island received a much-needed boost recently from a local business.

Ian Roberts of Marine Harvest Canada presents a cheque to Jim Loring of the Oyster River Enhancement Society.

Two salmon enhancement hatcheries on Vancouver Island received a much-needed boost recently from a local business.

The Oyster River Enhancement Society and the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society received $5,000 and $3,000 respectively from Marine Harvest Canada to help continued efforts restoring vital river habitat and protecting local salmon populations.

The Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) is a volunteer-driven, non-profit British Columbia-based society (1983).

ORES’ major purpose is to enhance, restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat of the Oyster River watershed and relies entirely upon its volunteers, members and donors for their respective contributions.

ORES will use the funds from Marine Harvest Canada to complete much-needed improvements to the hatchery road system. At Fanny Bay, resident Judy Ackinclose is looking to replace an aging egg-taking shed. The hatchery, built by DFO in 1965, produces about 350,000 salmon fry to be released in local watersheds and much of the infrastructure is in need of upgrades.

Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society (FBSES) operates two hatcheries at Wilfred and Rosewall creeks with 55 volunteers dedicated to enhancement and habitat restoration of local watersheds.

To find out more about these donations and other conservation projects, visit www.MarineHarvestCanada.com.

— Marine Harvest

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