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Today at 1 pm is the formal Grand Opening of the Percy Walkus Hatchery at Wuikinixv, at the head of Rivers Inlet.
http://www.percywalkushatchery.org/

There will be a ceremony and then those lucky enough to be up there will get to take a tour and see exactly how it works, and will learn what it is really meant to do.
A reception follows at the Long House in the village.

The entire west coast will benefit from a healthy salmon population, and the late Percy Walkus would be so proud to have it bear his name.

The impact of the annual plants of hundreds of thousands of chinook with the genetic makeup of these 80-110 lb giants will reach far beyond the inlet itself, or the anglers who will hang these fish on the scale at the dock...
Everything up and down the food chain will benefit--bottom feeders like crabs, to orca, eagles, sea lions, bears...

Cheers and thanks for countless financial contributions and physical efforts of all who did and will take part. Special thanks to Sid Keay of Duncanby Lodge in Rivers Inlet, to Wuikinuxv Ancestral Chief Ted Walkus and their crews and people to get this funded, designed, built, equipped and staffed.

The annual return of the monster chinook to the Wannock River will now be in good hands-

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Great story!

Does hatchery affect Fraser's fish in any way?
Hard to predict...The inlet is 300 miles north of Vancouver.
These fish will go out into the ocean and roam wherever salmon roam.
I was under the impression that salmon will return to the river of their birth to spawn,
but who knows where they go for their 5-8 years at sea?
 

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WOW! those are huge fish! Looks like they are starting off the right way and with good people.
Hope this hatchery sets a new world record one day.

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Wow, that's unreal, but I just can't imagine being able to land such a fish, if it were to take my lure. Clearly they're better left for you to catch, and use. Good job. :thumbup:
 

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Very Impressive fish. If past Hatchery experience holds true here there should be increasing returns for a number of years, followed by declines in the runs as the effects of inbreeding and artificial selection of smolts takes hold. Wild smolts will be swamped by the millions of factory smolts released all at once into the river every year, and hatchery fish will be spawning in the river. The reason these fish are so large is because of the selection pressures that exist in this river system. Entirely new selection criteria will now be in play as the smolts are raised in pens on pellets. Who knows if the fish will continue to be so large, this may be the beginning of the end of these giants. I hope not, but past hatchery experience certainly points to that possibility.
 

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Very Impressive fish. If past Hatchery experience holds true here there should be increasing returns for a number of years, followed by declines in the runs as the effects of inbreeding and artificial selection of smolts takes hold. Wild smolts will be swamped by the millions of factory smolts released all at once into the river every year, and hatchery fish will be spawning in the river. The reason these fish are so large is because of the selection pressures that exist in this river system. Entirely new selection criteria will now be in play as the smolts are raised in pens on pellets. Who knows if the fish will continue to be so large, this may be the beginning of the end of these giants. I hope not, but past hatchery experience certainly points to that possibility.
Good info--Thanks for that.

The fish at the Percy Walkus hatchery are fed krill, and other naturally occurring foods, as your concerns are shared by the experts hired for their input when the hatchery was first conceived. These projects, and the thinking behind them, like anything, have evolved quite a bit over the last several years.
 
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