NOTICE! The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has issued a PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Poison) alert for areas near Campbell River. The closures are centered on the East side of Quadra Island, Read Island, Hoskins Channel and other areas in the neighbourhood. Check this link http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/contamination/biotox/index-eng.htm#Area%2013 and view the alerts for Area 13.
Oceans Day is this weekend, June 4th! This is a great time for kids and parents alike. There will be a touch tank, fish sales, interactive media, and too much to list. The area is all along the downtown waterfront. It is looking like it will be a nice weekend for everyone to be outside! Come one, come all!
The next big happening is the Van Isle 360 race which comes to town on June 6th, the website site is: http://www.vanisle360.com/ there are some amazing sailboats in the race and a good time is always had by all.
May 5th is the opening of the Commercial Prawn season. The season usually lasts about 2 months (give or take a couple of days). There usually is some fishermen that will sell prawns off of their vessels in the harbour.
The next fishing boat to come in with halibut should be the Sleepwalker and should be here in time for Oceans Day on June 4. Oceans Day is a great way for kids (and adults) to see what is in the ocean, what the ocean does for us, and has great interaction with sea creatures. Come on done, your kids will not be disappointed.
With the start of May, it has brought out the Farmer's Market. The market is located in the Maritime Heritage parking lot and held each Sunday from 9 to 2 weather permitting.
The Sean Todd will be back this Friday and Saturday to sell Halibut, Ling Cod, and Rock Cod.
He will be berthed on Finger 3 in the south basin for both days, watch for the signs.
Quinsam hatchery has put in the pinks for the pier now, there are about 200,000 smolts in each pen on finger 1. In the past years there has always been a good pink return in the harbour, so hopefully that will happen again this year.
The prawn fishermen are gearing up for their season once again, they should open around the 5th of May, keep your eyes out for prawn sales at the dock.
As the weather is starting to get nicer, more people are bringing their boats in for the summer months and the docks are getting busy.
No fish sales this week, but will keep informed if there is going to some in the future.
The Fishing vessel Sean Todd will be in this weekend March 25 and 26 with fresh Halibut. The boat will be on Finger 3 in the south basin, come out and support local fishermen!
The most interesting things to happen in the harbour in the last month is that the dredge has finally been completed after many years of waiting.
At this time of the year the herring fishery is now over, and the fleet is preparing for the upcoming prawn season.
There are a couple of boats out fishing halibut and will soon be in with dock sales, stay tuned for the dates.
Fishermans Wharf is the old government dock in Campbell River, BC