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Cultus Lake Adipose Clipped Sockeye Alert

Posted on August 24th 2012, by Rodney Hsu, webmaster

Between now and early October, Cultus Lake sockeye salmon will be making their way to Sweltzer Creek via the Fraser River and Chilliwack River. This is an endangered run of sockeye salmon that has been enhanced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Each year, a percentage of these sockeye salmon have been raised and released from the hatchery. These hatchery raised fish have been marked by the adipose fin clipping, just like hatchery raised coho salmon.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to remind anglers who plan to go fishing in the Chilliwack River that these fish will be present in the river system during the next two months. Anglers will be targeting hatchery marked coho salmon. It is important for you to know the difference between a coho salmon and sockeye salmon, identify your species first before retaining it so you do not end up killing a Cultus Lake sockeye salmon by accident.

This poster was issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, please read it, circulate it and print it so you can carry a copy when fishing if possible.

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