Practices & Innovations

Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre

Contributor: Vanderhoof (District)
Year: 2015
Category: Green Initiatives
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Nominee - Leadership & Innovation (Green Initiatives)
Short Description:
The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (NWSRI) formed after the sturgeon in the Nechako were identified as a critically imperiled and endangered species. The NWSRI is a combination of stakeholders including local First Nations, industry, non-profits, federal and provincial governments, and the District of Vanderhoof. The NWSRI is responsible for a number of important sturgeon conservation activities, including sturgeon research, public education, and boat release programs. The NWSRI was responsible for the construction of the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre (NWSCC). The NWSCC received funding from a number of partners, including the District of Vanderhoof, which donated $1,030,000 in land, site servicing, and $310,000 towards construction. Fresh Water Fisheries BC operates the NWSCC. It is responsible for capturing brood stock, incubating juveniles, and repopulating the Nechako Watershed.  The NWSCC has the capacity to release 12,000 juvenile sturgeon each year, and is an important component of the sturgeon recovery process.  
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2016, 1:31 pm