Salmon Conservation Efforts in Sooke

May 31, 2020

Wild Pacific salmon are an iconic species and an important natural resource that provides a range of social, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits to the West Coast of Canada. Salmon are vital to our environment, providing nutrients to other plant and animal species, including the Southern Resident Killer Whales. They are also integral to West Coast First Nations traditional culture and heritage.

Did you know that salmon enhancement is an ongoing effort in Sooke and the surrounding area? Salmonids in the Sooke system includes: Cutthroat, Steelhead, Coho, Chum and Chinook although enhancement efforts are limited to Chinook and Coho by DFO licensing. 

The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society (SSES) contributes efforts and funds to many activities within the area including the operation of the Sooke River Jack Brooks Hatchery which releases 500,000 - 600,000 fry into the local water systems. They have also installed a small sea pen in Sooke Harbour from which they release an additional 500,000 smolts. Over 20,000,000 fry have been released into the river systems since the inception of the hatchery in 1981.

For further information on the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, visit: www.sookesalmonenhancement.com or email: sookeriverjbhatchery@shaw.ca. This is a
volunteer-run project and tours are by appointment only.

Information sourced from: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca and www.sookesalmonenhancement.com 

Current events just minutes away from RiversEdge Village and Sunriver Estates:

Night Market: Thursdays, June 4 to September 3 rd , 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Sooke Region Museum. 
Local crafts, produce, baked goods, food trucks and live music. 

Sooke Regional Museum: Historic Sooke Photo's now online from the Sooke Region Museum!
Currently about 2000 of our 7000 photos are available to be viewed! More photos will be added monthly. https://sookeregionmuseum.pastperfectonline.com/