Hatcheries are helping wild salmon populations across the Pacific North-West by allowing genetic diversity to persist, keeping populations healthy and fit in the face of the many pressures they currently face.
Another incredibly important arm of work which goes on in these centres is education. Throughout the spawning season and beyond, centres hold a unique opportunity for the general public, especially children, to get up close and personal to these incredible fish. See them, learn about them, connect with them. From dissections of dead fish to watching the fertilisation process all the way through to releasing their very own smolt back to the river system.
Here a young child takes a closer look at the salmon smolt he will release into the Nanaimo river system. ——————————————————————————————————“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” - Baba Dioum
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