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After a plea to the community for help, volunteers have stepped up to fill the void at the Lake Huron Fishing Club's (LHFC) Kincardine Hatchery.
Al Wilkins, the hatchery manager, will be leaving in April and has been there since the hatchery was built in 1992 by volunteers.
"Al has done an incredible amount of work," said LHFC member Dick Verrips, "and the thought of stepping into his shoes might seem overwhelming, so we've decided to divide his responsibilities to avoid having one person feeling over-loaded. We're absolutely thrilled at the response we've had from the community and all the volunteer needs have been met for the hatchery."
The LHFC is entirely volunteer driven and raises rainbow and brown trout which are released into Lake Huron. Last year (2016), the Club will stocked some 60,000 rainbows and and 60,000 brown trout. Since its inception, the Club has stocked more than two million yearlings.
Unfortunately, the Club is still needing volunteers for the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby. It is the largest derby that takes place on Lake Huron and which is the Club's major fundraiser for conservation efforts. Among the events that have been initiated is the elementary school program where young students learn first-hand how to raise trout and salmon from eggs to the yearling stage. The students then release their 'fish' into Lake Huron. Since its inception, the program has grown to almost 40 schools and, according to Verrips, they hope to increase that to 100.
The Chinook Classic also is an economic boom to the region each year from those sports-fishing tourists who come from far and wide to participate in the Derby.
Chantry Classic Salmon Derby
Volunteers are needed for the following positions:
1. Sponsor Coordinator: responsible for all correspondence related to the procurement of potential sponsors (corporate and local) and providing administrative support for all aspects of existing sponsorships
2. Corporate Sponsor Canvasser: responsible for tracking, follow up and correspondence with potential corporate sponsors
3. Promotion and Media Coordinator: responsible for the promotion of the Derby to all available tourism and media sites, service clubs and other organizations
If interested in becoming a volunteer, call Bert Kuntz at
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Monday, February 20, 2017