264,239 Chinook smolts released

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Over a quarter of a million Chinook smolts released in effort to rebuild population

Every year, the FWCP contributes to the Puntledge River Hatchery in Courtenay to support the production of Chinook and help rebuild stocks of this species of high conservation concern. A recent report from the hatchery (2020) confirms that 264,239 Chinook smolts were released as part of an ongoing effort to recover populations of Pacific salmon. Just a few months later, broodstock were collected and held until ready to spawn. These mature fish will be bred to produce smolts for future release.

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