On June 15, 2017 we performed our fourth fin clipping exercise at Hoy Creek Hatchery for our coho salmon fry.
The adipose fin is removed after the fish are sedated. It's a fast process and many careful hands make light work.
The entire procedure is overseen by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. All fry recovered expect one of approximately 5500 fishmarked. The markings help the society identify hatchery fish during returns in the fall.
Thanks to Hoy-Scott Watershed members who provided the photos seen here.