Thursday June 9, Monte Bromley from the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans and Tina Donald from Simpcw First Nation Fisheries drove up to Blue River School to help us release our coho salmon fry.
We fertilized the eggs back in November and we have been observing and caring for them ever since. Our 50 or so coho fry have grown to an amazing size and it was time to release them into the Blue River.
With help from Bromley, Donald and many other volunteers, the students of Blue River School were able to release our fry into Blue River that morning.
Prior to releasing the fish Tina Donald and Shelley Lampreau from Simpcw First Nation led the group through a few songs and prayer by singing and drumming. This enabled us to ensure our salmon will be successful on their long, hard journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Once we were finished releasing all the salmon Bromley and another member of the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans made a nice campfire and we roasted hot dogs for lunch. The event was closed with another drum song and we went on our way.
The weather was spectacular and everyone had a very good time. Blue River School plans on taking part in this salmon activity again next school year.
– John Blakley is head teacher of Blue River School