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December 6, 2012
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) have signed a license renewal agreement to operate the fish hatchery in Bear Creek nature park in Black Creek.
On December 4, CVRD electoral area directors and staff, ORES executive members and volunteers and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) representatives were onsite to share in the celebration that took place at the hatchery building at Bear Creek nature park.
The renewed agreement, which is in effect for five years, outlines the terms of ORES contributions to enhance, restore and protect the valuable fish, waterfowl and wildlife habitat of the Oyster River watershed.
“It's a real pleasure to see so many dedicated society volunteers continue to work collectively with the CVRD to provide recreational and public education opportunities through operation of this salmon hatchery,” said Edwin Grieve, chair of the CVRD board of directors. “The signing of the agreement allows for the enhancement and preservation of our parks and eco-systems now and for future generations.”
ORES was formed in 1983 by a small group of concerned citizens to revitalize the Oyster River and is one of Vancouver Island's longstanding volunteer hatchery and enhancement organizations. The membership has grown significantly to include members from all over the regional district and beyond who have contributed thousands of volunteer hours.
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Michael Nihls, manager of parks
Comox Valley Regional District