SPORTS FISHING ADVENTURE – TV Show 2nd Airing!!
Westview Marina & Lodge – will be featured in upcoming episodes of Sports Fishing Adventures beginning on June 29th. Details on networks which the series will air on, dates and times noted below.
We have been very fortunate to be selected as one of British Columbia’s Best places for CATCHING FISH and providing excellent facilities and services. Thank You BC Outdoors.
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Minister John Duncan Congratulates the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society for Its Contribution to Recreational Fisheries
A 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award is presented to Frank Collins, President of the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society, for his commitment to conservation.
TAHSIS, British Columbia – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, presented a 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award to Frank Collins, President of the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society today, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
The Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society’s volunteers created the Les Dowding Memorial Volunteer Hatchery in 1982. It started as a co-operative venture between local volunteers, the village of Tahsis, and the local mill. After the mill closed in 2002, activity at the hatchery slowed down, but in 2004, a new era began.
In 2004, a Fishing Festival was organized by Westview Marina & Lodge, which provided a source of local funding; volunteers gathered fertilized Chinook eggs from local rivers; and, with the co-operation of the Conuma Hatchery incubation facility, Chinook fry were released in the spring of 2005.
Since the original salmon festival in 2004, the Westview Marina and Lodge Salmon Enhancement Derby and Festival have raised over $150,000.00 for salmon enhancement in the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet Region. The majority of the amount raised has gone directly to the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society. The balance has gone to other regional enhancement projects in the Gold River, Zeballos, Esperanza Inlet and the Conuma Federal Hatchery.
Tahsis has seen many positive changes for the recreational anglers, local rivers, stream habitat and for its community leadership program that promotes conservation and awareness. Each year, Les Dowding Memorial Volunteer Hatchery collects 300,000 Chinook fry, the entire hatchery has been rehabilitated, and a program has been set up with the Captain Meares School to raise salmon fry in science classrooms which are then released into the Tahsis River.
The Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society is a remarkable group whose efforts are supported by the community of 300 full time residents and 2-3 thousand visitors that return annually to this remote region of Vancouver Island. Each year volunteers target portions of the local rivers for streambed restoration and it’s not uncommon to see 20 to 30 people show up to help with broodstock collection. This level of dedication and commitment has allowed Tahsis to re-invent itself as a busy sport fishing community as well as develop a new generation of informed, committed stewards of the resource. It is an exemplary group and well-deserving of this award and what it stands for.
“Recreational fishing is a tradition worth preserving and protecting for future generations. Our government is proud to recognize these dedicated volunteers for their outstanding commitment to conservation of resources and to recreational fishing. I offer my sincere congratulations to Frank Collins and the other board members of the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society for their outstanding contribution to recreational fishing in Canada.”
The Honourable John Duncan
“The goal of the volunteer hatchery has always been to bring the stocks of the Tahsis and Leiner rivers to a sustainable level. In 1982 there were less than a dozen Chinook in the Tahsis River. Through the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and supporters, the Tahsis River had a return of 500 Chinook in 2013. The Leiner also had a return of over 500 in 2013. The volunteers will continue their dedication to these two rivers as long as they are needed.”
Frank Collins, President of the Tahsis Salmon Enhancement Society
Recipient of the 2014 National Recreational Fisheries Award