Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Shelter Bay Provincial Park, 11 am-1 pm
This free public event coincides with the school event at Shelter Bay. It is organized by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program with support from BC Hydro and the Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club. For more information call 250-352-1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Critter Day at Beaver Creek Park
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Approximately 100 juvenile sturgeon will be displayed and released at Critter Day, on May 7 from 1-5 pm at Beaver Creek Park.
There will be no dedicated sturgeon release events in these locations. There will be approximately 100 juvenile sturgeon displayed and released at Critter Day, on May 7 from 1-5 pm at Beaver Creek Park.
Update on Sturgeon Conservation Aquaculture Program
Due to the immense success of the conservation aquaculture program, the program has changed over the past few years, with the focus now being on collecting eggs and larvae that are produced in the wild and rearing them at the hatchery until nine months of age. This method has been shown to represent more wild adults in the juveniles that are released compared to the traditional method of directly spawning adults at the hatchery. Over 1,000 juveniles were released in spring 2015, which had been collected as wild eggs and larvae in 2014. While there were some successes in 2015, the collection of wild eggs and larvae yielded only about 100 juveniles for release in spring 2016. These fish will be on display and released at Critter Day in Beaver Creek Park on Saturday, May 7 from 1-5 pm.
Juvenile White Sturgeon released from the conservation aquaculture have survived and grown better than originally predicted. It is estimated that there are more than 30,000 of these hatchery origin fish in the Columbia River from Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Castlegar, down through to Lake Roosevelt. Accordingly, the goal of the aquaculture program has changed to focus on representing as many wild adults as possible, while they are still reproducing in the river. With the focus on collecting wild eggs and larvae over the next few years, we expect success to be variable, as it depends on numbers of adult sturgeon breeding in the wild, as well as other factors related to sampling in the river. In years where adequate numbers of wild origin juveniles are produced, we will organize public and school event releases.