Salmon sent to pen for 3 to 6 weeks.
About 10,000 baby Chinook salmon, called parrs, were moved today from a tank in a Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) truck to a holding pen in the river at the Credit Village Marina.
On hand to help in the salmon transfer were representatives from three levels of government, local businessmen including charter boat operators, members of the Port Credit Salmon and Trout Association (PCSTA), area residents and visitors.
Over the next three to six weeks, these baby-salmon parrs will roughly double in size, becoming 'teenage salmon' known as smolts. The process is aided by warming water temperatures. The smolts will be towed, pen and all, down the Credit River and out into Lake Ontario, where they will be released to grow into adult salmon. The time frame depends on the water temperature; while it's been a very cold spring so far, weather conditions can change suddenly.
|Salmon Pen Sign, Credit Village Marina Docks, Port Credit Ontario|
|Port Credit Salmon and Trout Association (PCSTA) Information|
Historically, Port Credit had a strong commercial fishing industry, and while these days, fishing is purely recreational, it remains very important to the area's economy, including a number of charter boat operators, all looking for Port Credit's share of Lake Ontario's $180 million Chinook Salmon industry.
|Jim Tovey (left), Charles Sousa, Stella Ambler Salmon Pen Day|
Each year, the MNR releases about 300,000 Chinook salmon in Ontario, all of which come from eggs (roe) gathered from Credit River Chinooks.
|MNR Technician with a Net full of Salmon|
|Councillor Tovey and MP Ambler Carry Pail of Parrs to Pen|
|Releasing the salmon into the pen, Port Credit.|
The salmon seemed to handle the move well, as none were 'floaters', and soon swimming around the pen, flashing their silver sides in the spring sunlight.
|Dave Fodor, left, empties salmon into the Pen.|
Marina Park is also an official weighing station for the Great Ontario Salmon Derby, held each summer. See my previous blog post about the GOSD and Marina Park.
|Engraving on the Salmon Imprinting Pen|
In dedication of John Powers
Imprinting pen donated by Strait Line Anglers
through the generosity of its members and the following sponsors:
All Tool Manufacturing
For more information, see the PCSTA Site
The PCSTA is also involved in a new salmon-related initiative in Port Credit. Called The Hatchery Project, it's working with community partners to turn the Port Credit pumping station buildings located at the foot of Mississauga Road at Saddington Park into a demonstration fish hatchery and fisheries resource centre.
The City of Mississauga has approved the project in principle, and funding is being sought to create an educational community resource in these heritage buildings.