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Nak’azdli Whut’en salmon population revitalized thanks to new hatchery – Coastal GasLink

The Stuart River salmon population has been a staple in the diet and culture of Nak’azdli Whut’en for generations, but their stock has declined in recent years. What was once an abundance of salmon, was now a battle to conserve the population while feeding and sustaining a whole village.

Last year, Coastal GasLink partnered with Nak’azdli Whut’en to support the community with a legacy project, which would provide new fish hatcheries to re-establish salmon stocks.

Fast forward to June 2022, exactly one year since the hatcheries were delivered to the Stuart River waterfront, Nak’azdli Whut’en released their first 60,000 sockeye salmon fry into a creek connecting to the Stuart River system.

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