Plans to increase kokanee numbers in Kootenay Lake will be unveiled this week and presented at a public meeting Thursday in Balfour.

Plans to increase kokanee numbers in Kootenay Lake will be unveiled this week and presented at a public meeting Thursday in Balfour.

Kokanee action plan to be released

Government biologists will present their plan to guide the recovery of Kootenay Lake’s kokanee stocks this week.

Government biologists will present their plan to guide the recovery of Kootenay Lake’s kokanee stocks at a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Balfour Community Hall.

The Kootenay Lake action plan was developed under the direction of an advisory committee and with the support of local First Nations, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the BC Wildlife Federation.

Last fall, provincial biologists counted 18,000 spawning Kokanee in main body of Kootenay Lake and its tributaries, the lowest number since the annual count started in 1964. In response, the province initiated a restocking program, enhanced the nutrient restoration program and changed fishing regulations to decrease kokanee harvest and increase Gerrard trout harvest.