Salmonid enhancement in B.C.: past, present, and future


A F. Lill

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Canadian Water Resources Journal


The Salmonid Enhancement Program (S.E.P.) in British Columbia has just ended its first seven-year phase at a cost of $153 million to both the Federal and Provincial governments. The S.E.P. is a long-term program designed to take advantage of the potential of the streams, rivers, and lakes of B.C. to reestablish anadromous salmonid (salmon and sea-run trout) populations at historic levels, thereby resulting in significant economic and social benefits.The First phase of S.E.P. is projected to add approximately 19 thousand metric tonnes to the overall Canadian catch when all facilities reach their installed capacity. This capacity corresponds to approximately 28 percent of the long-term goals established at the beginning of the program. All of the techniques utilized in the S.E.P are for the purpose of increasing the survival rates of salmonids at one or more stages in their life cycle, thereby creating more adult production. A brief overview of the various types of techniques and their applications is presented. The program has reached the end of its first phase and is now entering a two year Transition period where it will concentrate on evaluating current projects and planning new ones in the context of a greatly modified fisheries management policy for the West Coast.







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