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Fish toss aims to restore nutrients in salmon-bearing Saanich creek

Douglas Creek Salmon Transplant is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the outdoor classroom
The annual Douglas Creek Salmon Transplant – delayed from icy January – is Saturday at 10 a.m. in the outdoor classroom at PKOLS. (Black Press Media file photo)

A change in menu is one of the highlights for the annual fish toss this weekend in Saanich.

Residents can chuck salmon into Douglas Creek this weekend as part of an annual event that aims to return critical nutrients for future

The event also offers an educational experience with informative talks from guest speakers. One topic this year is exactly why coho is the carcass of choice.

“In the past, the Howard English Hatchery at Goldstream has provided us with chum carcasses. This year they will be bringing coho salmon. An explanation for the switch will be part of the presentations,” said Darrell Wick, president of PKOLS-Mount Douglas Conservatory that hosts the event.

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The event runs rain or shine on Saturday (March 16) at 10 a.m. at the outdoor classroom near Douglas Creek Bridge.

“Also, with the warmer weather, the carcasses should be nice and slimy, so leave that nice new winter coat home,” Wick said.

The Douglas Creek Salmon Transplant was originally scheduled for mid-January but icy temperatures in the -10 C range delayed the event.

It’s a family activity, but for safety reasons, each child must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible parent or guardian.

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