Species enhancement activities are done carefully and in accordance with all best management practices in order to ensure suitability and long term sustainability goals are met.
Current Enhancement Projects
Chinook Restoration Project
Funding from HSP provided the high level overview for the Somass Basin Restoration Plan. The focus is primarily on Chinook, though many projects are applicable to other salmon species. Enhancement includes protection of critical spawning and rearing areas, fisheries management, and habitat restoration.
Chinook Net Pens
Undertaken over the last four years, this project has the goal of increasing Chinook returns to the region. 200,000 Chinook are reared in net pens for up to three weeks in order to increase survival rates.
S1 Chinook Project
Pilot project being undertaken with DFO and Omega Hatchery to determine survival rates of S1 Chinook in the Barkley region.
Where warranted, fry salvage is done as a precursor to identification of habitat restoration solutions.
West Coast Aquatic seeks to produce innovative solutions to coastal concerns, and strengthen the understanding and relationships between parties that share a common interest in the health and wealth of aquatic resources, businesses, and communities. West Coast Aquatic is comprised of: a collaborative governance board that brings together governments, key sectors and communities to develop consensus-based outcomes for marine resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island; a management association that provides technical and administrative support to the activities of the governance board; and a charitable organization that administers stewardship activities.