CLEARWATER — In the past decade, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has released close to 2,000,000 fish into waterways in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. They’re an integral agency in ensuring fish populations remain viable for fishing, an industry which generates over $500,000,000 in revenue each year in the province. The trout hatchery in Clearwater is one of the facilities which stocks lakes and streams in the area; it’s undergoing a $1,000,000 renovation, in order to make the operation more sustainable.
The hatchery specializes in raising several species, including rainbow trout, and Kokanee. The fish are grown to a certain size, before being released back into the wild. Hatchery Manager Mark Green says the renovation will increase the capacity of the facility, as well as improve the quality of fish they raise.
“It’ll allow us to produce a few more fish, using less water,” Green explained.
The hatchery is replacing outdated concrete tanks with larger, more efficient fibreglass units, which will not only save water, but improve the health of the fish raised in them, allowing for stronger fish, when they’re released into area lakes.
“Concrete is quite abrasive on the fins of the fish,” Green told CFJC Today. “With the smoother fibreglass, it will be a better quality fin. It won’t be worn off.”
The renovation is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.
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