There’s something fishy going on in Coquitlam.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) celebrated its 10th anniversary last week with the release of its 95-millionth fish going right into Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam.
This trout was one of the scheduled 4,500 fish to be put into Lafarge Lake by the end of October, and one of the more than 160,000 trout released into Lafarge and Como lakes since 2003.
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, with FFSBC president Don Peterson, Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Douglas Horne, and students of Maple Creek Middle School all helped more than 1,000 rainbow trout get released into Lafarge Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Stacy Webb of FFSBC said it was a great day for the release.
“We picked Lafarge Lake because one, it is a great example of our partnerships; two, we are focused on creating accessible fisheries, and Lafarge Lake is one of the most popular urban fisheries in B.C.; and three, it is a beautiful lake,” she told the Tri-Cities NOW in an e-mail interview.
Webb also pointed out how not only have there been 160,000 trout released into Como and Lafarge lakes, but also 129,000 trout into Buntzen and Sasamat lakes in the Belcarra/Ioco area.
“The City of Coquitlam has been very supportive,” Webb said. “Building the fishing pier and promoting the Learn to Fish program we offer at the lake, thanks to financial support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.”
Learn to Fish is a program put on by FFSBC to introduce residents to recreational fishing. Participants are offered lessons in fish identification and biology, habitat and conservation, knot tying and more.
“Much of the success of the society over the past 10 years is due to our partnerships,” said Don Peterson, president of FFSBC, in a press release.
“Particularly those with the provincial government’s fisheries program, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and municipalities such as the City of Coquitlam.”
FFSBC operates five hatcheries and stocks more than 800 lakes across the province. Fish are released into lakes at various sizes, from small fry up to full-sized trout.
Currently, the fall stock is getting underway with most lakes in Metro Vancouver receiving multiple releases of fish.
According to FFSBC, a successful stocking program is critical to the province’s recreational fishing sector as it supports 50 per cent of all angling activity on lakes across B.C., and as much as 90 per cent in some regions.
For more information visit gofishbc.com.
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