225,000 Chinook salmon will be released to feed endangered orcas

Sooke News Mirror –

By the end of May, the first batch of around 225,000 young chinook salmon will be released into the ocean to help feed B.C.’s endangered orcas.

The program, the first of its kind locally, involves catching wild fish and facilitating their reproduction in a hatchery – and now the salmon are set to be released from a uniquely-designed pen off the docks of the Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina.

The salmon enhancement project is a multi-year program involving several groups hoping to significantly increase the number of large adult chinook salmon in the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the key pre-winter feeding time of orcas.

The project is separate from the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, although it works in tandem with its efforts of revitalizing salmon supply in local waters. Additionally, it’s meant to help maintain a healthy population of orcas, as chinook salmon are their basic meal.

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