Marine Harvest Helps Protect Salmon, Trout
Marine Harvest Canada of British Columbia has joined the Tsolum River Restoration Society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Comox-Stratchcona Regional District and the City of Courtenay to help protect wild salmon and trout by building two bridges over Towhee Creek on Courtenay's regional fairgrounds.
The bridges will protect the creek bed, which provides a winter and rearing habitat for coho and trout. Marine Harvest donated $6,000, to the costs required for the bridges.
"This is an important local project driven by volunteers who have been working to protect fish habitat in the creek for over 10 years," said Clare Backman, Marine Harvest manager of environmental compliance and community relations. "Creeks like this may dry up in the summer but still play an important role in rearing salmon and trout come fall and winter. These bridges will keep people and animals out of the creek bed for years to come and that will be a huge benefit to these very young fish."
Marine Harvest Canada produces 45,000 metric tons of farmed salmon annually.