The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is fighting a plan to reduce by half the number of sturgeon to be released into the Nechako and destroy the remainder.
The Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof has raised 12,000 of the fish, an endangered species, for this year’s release but there are concerns it may be too much for the river to handle.
In a statement issued this week, the CSTC said it was recently informed by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations that it plans to halve the number to be released and destroy the remaining 6,000.
Better alternatives, according to the CSTC, would be to provide the fish to a commercial aquaculture facility or use them to stock suitable local lakes in the Nechako watershed.
Mark Nielsen – Prince George Citizen – May 5, 2017.