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April 21, 2015

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society. The Society has been in operation since 1981 and has been hatching and releasing hundreds of thousands of Salmon every year. This year the Jack Brooks Hatchery in Sooke (the headquarters for the Enhancement Society), will be releasing approximately 450,000 Spring Salmon into the Sooke River, which then filters into the Salish Sea. Chinook Salmon (also known as Spring) are the primary food source for The Southern Resident Killer Whales. With non-traditional warm weather this year the Salmon are growing faster than usual, therefore the need for ‘thinning’ is necessary every week to allow for sufficient enough room for the fish to grow in their tanks. We were honored to take part in the release, or thinning, of 45,000 Spring Salmon fry on Saturday. A healthy salmon stock, leads to healthy Killer Whales and we are doing everything we can to enhance their food supply and ensure a plentiful amount of fish for the growing community of whales. Visit the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society’s website to find out what you can do to help.  www.sookesalmonenhancementsociety.com

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