The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Government of BC and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council have come to agreement on the fate of the Nechako White Sturgeon.
All 12,000 sturgeon will be released into the Nechako River over the course of the next few days, with a special events for kids around the Vanderhoof area releasing 600 on Thursday. The fish created some controversy last week, when it became public that DFO was going to allow the release of six-thousand fry and cull the remainder.
“We’re hopeful we can find a way to work together within our government-to-government relationship to agree upon an annual rearing and release plan, and contingencies, which are needed to ensure we avoid this situation in future years,” says Terry Teegee, Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
The federal department based its decision on the sturgeon habitat in the Columbia River, but no science exists for how well the sturgeon will fare in the Nechako River.