The Kitimat River last week.                                Photo Gerry Leibel

The Kitimat River last week. Photo Gerry Leibel

Hatchery needs to gear up

Hatchery staff should be collecting brood stock

Another year with flash floods and high dirty water makes it unsafe and impossible to fish.

This also means the coho salmon are vulnerable and can be washed away from their spawning grounds.

This time of year the hatchery staff should be collecting brood stock for coho enhancement, this could be a big issue if the coho are gone.

It takes approximately five years to produce a salmon from the egg stage to an adult.

So in five years we could see a drop in coho numbers. This is the same situation for all species of salmon and steelhead – no eggs, no fish.

The Kitimat Hatchery is the lifeblood of the river as they ensure the returns of salmon are stable by adding fish into the wild system, providing a good return for anglers to enjoy catching them.