Fish Hatcheries

FISH HATCHERIES are generally government- and community-run facilities intended to rebuild SALMON and TROUT populations and to conserve and rebuild threatened fish stocks. Hatcheries are also used to provide stock for the fish farming industry (see AQUACULTURE, FIN FISH).

In BC fresh waters, the earliest government hatchery efforts, dating back to the 1880s, primarily enhanced sockeye salmon at 17 hatcheries. This early program was discontinued in 1936, with the last hatchery closing in 1941. An...

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