Councillor Randy Halyk provided a report to Kitimat City Council under new business at the Fish Hatchery on Monday, January 11th. He had taken the time to contact them about an update on his own time.
First, he explained that Eurocan has been providing hot water for the Hatchery to help speed up the incubation of the Steelheads. With the announcement of Eurocan’s closure, the Hatchery has metaphorically found itself in hot water.
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Councillor Halyk explained that he has learned that hatchery plans to install furnaces to heat the building but are still working on a plan for the hot water. He explained that the hatchery has received money to solve this problem.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Kitimat Fish Hatchery is looking at all avenues for an answer to this problem and does not
“The Hatchery is not going to close. The Hatchery is there and will be there. It is there policy and their plans to maintain it,” said Councillor Halyk.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked Halyk for his report. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans would like to let the people of Kitimat know that the Hatchery is not going to be closed because of this problem.