Salmon in the City
The Millstone Estuary is a hotbed of fishing in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia when Pink Salmon arrive. This viewpoint is from the Harbourfront Walkway that extends for 4 kilometers along the waterfront in Nanaimo. This portion is in Swy-A-Lana Lagoon Park (Canada's only man-made tidal lagoon),
Here is a video describing how this came to be. Pink Salmon 2009
Fishermen must follow rules if they're out to land pink salmon
Fish must be caught in the mouth or they must then be released
Robert Barron, Daily News
Published: Friday, August 20, 2010
Fisheries officials are advising pink salmon anglers in Nanaimo that any fish taken must be snagged in the mouth by a hook to be legal catch.
Pink salmon, which are returning to the Nanaimo area by the thousands in recent weeks thanks to a successful 10 year-old reintroduction program, are easy to snag along their fins and other body parts but they must be released unless caught in the mouth.
Dozens of recreational fishermen have been gathering at the mouth of the Millstone River downtown, Departure Bay and the Nanaimo River in recent days as fishery officials predict returns to these areas this year to exceed 25,000, with the main concentration expected in the next two weeks
We're tickled pink by the success of the program after so many years of hard work," said Bernie Heinrichs, a member of the Island Water Flyfishers organization, one of a number of groups that teamed up with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to reintroduce pink salmon in the Nanaimo area.
Pink salmon in the region were likely over-fished in the early 1900s, leading to their demise and near extinction in the Nanaimo harbour until the introduction of the program, started in 2001, to release hundreds of thousands of pink salmon fry into local waterways soon after birth.
About 55,000 returned last year, much to the delight of local anglers who must obtain a fish licence to fish for them and are limited to catching four per day.
Ken Carlson, who was fishing at the mouth of the Millstone River Wednesday, said he's delighted to be able to fish for the pink salmon so close to home.
"However, I've already lost two to the seals who take them right off the hook," he said.
This is a string of emails exchanged between the Nanaimo River Stewardship Society (I am a Director) and others. There are some interesting facts and stories.
Finally we end with Salmon in the City on YouTube.