After decades, a popular program to educate kids on salmon habitat is coming to an end. The Stream to Sea Program sees school kids rear Chinook fry through the winter and release them into salmon-bearing streams in June. Education Coordinator Terri McClymont says there is no rationale reason for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to pull the plug on the program, as it only costs the federal government 400-thousand dollar per year.
“It’s not dollars and cents,” says McClymont. “The program has 34,000 kids a year for 40 years at $400,000 a year. Seriously!”
A request for comment from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans yielded this response in an email:
-The educational and technical support contracts for this year will go ahead as planned.
-The Department will work with its partners over the next year to look at new ways to deliver these programs in the future.