Good timing for new alarm system

Quentin Dodd
May 18, 2018
By Quentin Dodd
Volunteers at the Kokish River Salmon Hatchery on British Columbia’s northern Vancouver Island are sleeping a little easier these days. Marine Harvest Canada donated the cost of installing an alarm system to alert volunteers if there is an interruption in the power.

Two years ago, the hatchery lost 50,000 fish (half their juvenile coho) when the power went out and nobody knew. The outage knocked out the pump sending oxygenated water to the fish.

Rob Engel explained that the new automatic alarm system turns on immediately after the pumping system goes down, dialing through a list of eight volunteers’ telephone numbers.

The alarm, which Engel estimated to have cost as much as $7,000 was installed at cost by Port Hardy’s K&K Electric company.

Currently the hatchery has about 135,000 coho fry so the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.

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