The SVIAC has reported that the Sooke Chinook Enhancement Initiative sea pen project is now active for 2021.
- The pens were moved back into place at the Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina, with help from the people at Jenkins Marine
- Glen Varney and a crew of volunteers are getting the system set up and ready to receive the first batch of 325,000 Chinook smolts that are approximately 3.5 grams each.
At the Nitinat Hatchery, for this first batch of fish
- they all have been given their compulsory Vibrio Virus treatment.
- thousands have been adipose fin-clipped and fitted with a coded wire tag.
This year, 2021, marks the fifth anniversary of SVIAC putting the first batch of fish in the water (2017: 210,000). After the second batch of healthy Chinook smolts are released this year, there will have been 2,525,000 juvenile salmon processed.
All of this has been done with NO GOVERNMENT MONEY! To date, over $300,000 has been raised to make the Sooke Chinook Enhancement Initiative a reality.
HOW TO SUPPORT SOUTH VANCOUVER ISLAND ANGLERS COALITION
Membership fees are $40 dollars annually and can be purchased online at https://www.anglerscoalition.com or by phone at (778) 426-4141 or in person at SVIAC, Unit 3-774 Bay Street, Victoria V8T 5E4 or by postal mail to the same address – cash, debit and credit cards accepted.
Donations can be made in the same manner as above.