Kim St. Pierre captures the moment as Krista releases her fish.

Kim St. Pierre captures the moment as Krista releases her fish.

Salmon complete hatchery life at Smoltfest

Approximately 7,000 juvenile salmon were released into the waters of Oldfield Creek on Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 7,000 juvenile salmon were released into the waters of Oldfield Creek on Saturday afternoon as the Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement Society invited the public to be a part of Smoltfest.

Dozens of children of all ages had their buckets filled with smolt reared at the hatchery before making their way to various points along the creek to set them free.

While the release of the smolt was certainly the highlight of the afternoon, there was more to Smoltfest than just that. Volunteers were on hand to distribute cookies and juice boxes, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans booth provided more information on what the future holds for the smolt that were just released, North Pacific Cannery had some information and games for the kids and the Vancouver Aquarium helped educated youth about other marine animals. Entertainment was provided by the duo of Kat Jones and Ray Jamaica.

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