Submitted by Stu Paterson, PATERSON MEDIA
Enthusiastic early risers were on the job June 25th stocking 15-thousand yearling chinook salmon into a south west Georgian Bay stream. These Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) volunteers had picked up the fish in our hatchery tank. The yearling salmon were raised at the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association (SSA) hatchery south of Owen Sound. The stocking was part of a continuing program of co-operation between the two respected conservation groups.
These fish stocking clubs are part of the 40-hatchery COMMUNITY HATCHERY PROGRAM (CHP) funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and operated by the 100-thousand member Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. The CHP provides partial funding for our hatchery operations.
Our BPSA largest fund raiser of the year is coming up. When you attend the annual BPSA PORK & BEEF BARBECUE at our clubhouse site, you are supporting our fish stocking/hatchery operation and many other BPSA programs such as firearms safety training, recreational firearm target shooting, youth and adult archery, tree planting and invasive species awareness projects.
The BBQ will take place at the BPSA clubhouse west of Wiarton on July 13, from 4-7pm. Cost is $20 per person which includes two draw tickets for a BBQ, smoker and generator. Kids twelve and under $10.00, five and under free.
At our BBQ we are asking our MP Larry Miller, our MPP Bill Walker, and Mayor Janice Jackson to bring greetings on this occasion which is the 57th Birthday of BPSA. 57 years ago some energetic outdoors folks began fiddling around with pails in the back seats of cars trying to figure out how to stock fish. Today our 290 member conservation group has a state of the art fish hatchery. In fact we boast the longest operating volunteer run community fish hatchery in Ontario. So far we have stocked more than 4-million sports fish in Grey-Bruce waters.