Freshwater salmon have ‘exceptional’ rebound in B.C.’s Okanagan lakes

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Restored habitat, better watershed data and volunteer efforts have been given credit for allowing the first full recreational kokanee fishery this year in four years. Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Freshwater salmon stocks have increased dramatically in Okanagan lakes this year, even though populations of Pacific salmon have plummeted in the nearby Columbia River system.

A recently released provincial government survey found kokanee spawners in Okanagan Lake, for example, reached a high of 336,500 – the largest quantity since the province started keeping track of the population in 1992.

Restored habitat, better watershed data and volunteer efforts have been given credit for allowing the first full recreational kokanee fishery this year in four years.

“The Okanagan showed exceptional numbers of spawning for adult kokanee this year – up to doubling, or even tripling of the average numbers,” said Kim Hyatt, a research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Read the full article on The Globe and Mail

 

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About Jon Hernandez

Jon Hernandez is a Journalist, Tree Planter, and current student at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC Vancouver, and has worked for such publications as The Region and Sustainability Television. View all posts by Jon Hernandez

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