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Manual release of chum fry gives salmon population a fighting chance

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island Streamkeepers released nearly 20,000 chum salmon fry into Whaletown Creek on Cortes Island on Saturday, March 19, in an ongoing effort to bring back the natural fish population for a healthy ecosystem.

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Food fishery flounders: low returns

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Each year since the Tla’amin salmon hatchery was built in 1977, members of the Nation have received an allotment of food fish.

The food fish program uses salmon that pass through the hatchery, explains Tla’amin hatchery technician Scott Galligos. 

The amount of food fish Tla’amin receives is determined by Tla’amin’s final agreement treaty with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and is based on percentage, fish type, and population. 

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2014’s weather was even weirder than 2021’s, in this coastal BC town

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It was a stormy October night in 2014, when a massive flash flood raged over the Tla’amin salmon hatchery. 

Logs, leaves and mud clogged the hatchery river fencing. The river overflowed into the protected area. “It was actually very similar to the downpour we received just a few weeks ago,” says Scott Galligos, a Tla’amin hatchery technician. “The flood itself lasted just about 48 hours. There was a lot of salmon escapement.” 

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Harvesting 8,000 Chum Salmon eggs from Basil Creek

Around 8,000 Chum Salmon eggs were harvested in Basil Creek, Cortes Island,  on Friday, October 29th. 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Friends of Cortes Island Streamkeepers (FOCI) and the Klahoose Hatchery were hoping to collect up to 40,000 eggs. 

DFO Community Advisor Stacey Larsen said that if enough Chum return, there may be another chance to collect eggs this week.

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