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Plenty of fishy things going on at trout hatchery in Duncan Saturday
An open house Saturday will provide a rare glimpse into the operation of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.'s Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery in Duncan.
Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hatchery, located at 1080 Wharncliffe Road. There will be guided tours of the hatchery plus trout spawning and fish dissection demonstrations by staff.
"It's the first time we've had an open house here in years,'' said manager Brian Martin.
"We thought we'd open it up and let the people see what we do.''
It's the 10th anniversary of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., formed in 2003 as a private, non-profit organization funded mainly through freshwater fishing license revenues. The Society works in conjunction with provincial fisheries managers in fish stocking programs that support half of all fishing in B.C. lakes.
Martin said the open house will give people a glimpse into "where the fish are reared that get stocked into their local lakes.''
A fishing pond will be set up, he added, "for kids to try and catch a fish. They always love that.''
Stocking takes place during two major intervals in the spring and fall. The next one is coming up in two weeks and covers lakes in the region from here to Campbell River, Martin said.
"We do them all several times in the spring and fall just to replenish the stocks. The fish are out there that hopefully the anglers can take advantage of.''
Visitors to the hatchery will also get to meet Myki, the Society's larger-than-life mascot. And there will be games, prizes and refreshments plus a special anniversary cake.
Besides the Island Trout Hatchery in Duncan and the Fish Health Laboratory, the Society operates four other hatcheries and provides fish culture services for sturgeon recovery programs. Through all its initiatives, the Society strives to ensure B.C. has the most sustainable and enjoyable freshwater fishing possible.