Free Coho Event – Nov 20

Millstone River is alive with fish!! Time to celebrate!

The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is hosting a ‘Salute to the Coho’ event this Saturday, November 20th at Bowen Park from 10am to 1pm. This is a celebration of the returning Coho fish but also of successful community partnerships that have developed to bring back fish to the Millstone River. Various groups have worked collaboratively over the past few years to return the Millstone River to a state which can sustain a spawning fish run.
The ceremonies will begin at 10am at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre (near the duck pond) with a prayer and drumming lead by members of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will acknowledge local groups who made the Millstone fish ladder possible and recognize their continued and dedicated efforts. Charles Thirkill from Friends of Millstone River will lead a virtual tour of the river. Nanaimo Recycling Exchange will be on site with their healthy watersheds interactive display. Folks from the Nanaimo Fish Hatchery will also be on site with their booth outlining the life cycle of a salmon. Take part in a guided interpretive walk along the Millstone Chanel and watch demonstrations of Coho counting and tagging techniques offered by VIU’s Resource Management Officer Training students.

A very informative event should be fun for all ages.

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