Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre – Updated Hatchery Tour Schedule
Always popular with residents and visitors, tours of the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre are available 7 days a week as staff time permits.
To schedule a tour and learn more about Nechako white sturgeon and the important work the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative is doing to protect and rebuild the species, call the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre at 250-567-6673. Hatchery tours will be by appointment only from now until April 7, 2018.
Ranked as Critically Imperiled by the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre and as an Endangered Species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, the Nechako White Sturgeon’s population was once thought to be as low as 400. Of these few fish, the majority were over 40 years-old, suggesting that the sturgeon were not reproducing successfully or that the young fish were not surviving into adulthood.
Once the issue was identified, First Nations voluntarily stopped their traditional practice of fishing for Nechako white sturgeon and have been active participants in recovery initiatives. The Province of British Columbia supported studies and stakeholders and those interested in the preservation of the Nechako white sturgeon came together to form the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative.
Members of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative identified the reasons for declines in spawning and survival of Nechako white sturgeon in the Nechako watershed and has led recovery initiatives along with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.
Interesting in Protecting the Nechako White Sturgeon?
The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative website provides information on how to become involved as a volunteer, how to keep sturgeon safe while fishing and recovery program information.
Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre
Owned and operated by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Centre is located at 3030 Burrard Avenue in Vanderhoof, BC.
A guided tours of the conservation centre will provide an interesting educational experience that you won’t soon forget.