Steelhead stocks in most coastal British Columbia streams are declining and hence fishery managers must utilize available techniques to provide more steelhead for the sport fishery. At present, the most cost-effective and realistic method of substantially improving steelhead returns is artificial propagation. While much information is available as a result of extensive fish culture activities in the northwest United States, little experience has been gained locally, and existing hatchery programs must be evaluated if maximum benefits is to be realized. Hatchery facilities at Big Qualicum River (Fig. 1), together with controlled stream discharge and upstream/downstream trap and enumeration devices, permit relatively thorough evaluation of steelhead stock status.
Hooton, R.S., Hay, S.E.. 1978. Big Qualicum River Steelhead Investigations Progress During 1977-78. Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC37
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: steelhead, population trends, artificial propagation, fish culture, hatchery programs, Big Qualicum River, stock status
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
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